Beware and “stay away,” a member of the House Intelligence Committee warns the public, “from DNA testing services.” It turns out that they “could be used to develop bioweapons targeting specific groups of Americans or even individuals.” That’s a really scary thought.
A destructive DNA sequence
This isn’t one of those tinfoil hat conspiracy types sounding the alarm about potentially destructive DNA, it’s Democrat House lawmaker Jason Crow, representing the voters of Colorado. He sits on the Intelligence Committee, which means he gets access to the really spooky stuff.
His alarming comments came from the podium at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Friday, July 22.
According to Crow, Americans are “far too willing to give up their DNA information to private companies.” People care more about protecting themselves from computer viruses.
“You can’t have a discussion about this without talking about privacy and the protection of commercial data because expectations of privacy have degraded over the last 20 years,” Crow explains.
The younger, handheld-device generation are especially vulnerable. “Young folks actually have very little expectation of privacy, that’s what the polling and the data show.” They refuse to use end-to-end encryption and “will very rapidly spit into a cup and send it to 23andMe.”
The only benefit in exchange for the risky cost is a sketchy promise of “really interesting data about their background.” At the same time, the lab gets all sorts of really interesting data about the DNA sample donor.
Livestock a target, too
Rep. Crow has a past. He used to be an Army Ranger. His Ninja jungle senses are convinced that once your DNA is gathered by a private company, that company can sell it. When asked for comment, 23andMe “denied ever selling the private information it gathers from customers.”
They don’t deny renting it by making it available by subscription or something. They aren’t the only testing company either. Crow isn’t the only one pulling the red buzzer on the wall, either.
Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa is concerned about the state’s agricultural interests. The Chinese have been caught stealing seed samples from nearly every field to use with their own genetic modification programs.
It’s real easy to imagine animals or humans, too. After all, you and me baby ain’t nothing but mammals. Mammals with a lot of DNA in common. Where it’s different could be exploited just as easy.
According to Senator Ernst, “U.S. adversaries could use the same technology to target livestock and crops to induce famine.” DNA can be carefully analyzed then viruses spliced together like COVID allegedly was.
This is the era of designer genes where 4 letter code pattern strings can add up to 10 figure incomes for the patent holder. The next generation will be taking out copyright protection on their own gene patterns at birth. Maybe even conception. That makes it easy for the fetus plaintiff in an abortion murder trial. We’ll see how SCOTUS weighs in on that one.