It’s weird to think we as humans are just a composite of DNA helixes that carry genetic information. Everything from your eye color to how your brain thinks to your love for a specific type of music can largely be explained by these crucial building-blocks.
It’s only natural that we would want to know where our DNA came from. Understanding our lineage helps us understand ourselves. Through the passing of DNA, we carry the traits of ancestors that died hundreds of years ago and their legacy lives through our own characteristics.
This is why companies like Ancestry.com and 23-and-Me are so popular. Knowing that your great, great, great uncle on your dad’s side was a Viking makes for awesome dinner conversation.
But when you send your DNA to one of these companies, it goes into a national database and that is scary on a number of levels. One of the largest implications of this action is that you may have trouble getting health insurance or life insurance.
Insurance companies aren’t going to want to invest in your health if you are predisposed to certain diseases (particularly if those diseases potential lead to expensive medical costs or early death). And all of this may be determined by one look at your DNA.
Is that ethical? Absolutely freak’in NOT, but insurance companies aren’t exactly in the market for upholding morality.
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