23andMe, the next system to collect genetic data of the people?
The genetic test developed by the ex- wife of the owner of Google can diagnose predispositions to hereditary diseases, but, it will be his only aim?
In incredible thinking about the biotechnological advances that they exist at present. Robots are already being developed nano that will be able to detect specific cells and to provide medicines to the body, and can be created members by means of impression 3D and inclusively cells can be used mother to create organs and in the future to be commercialized, but to speak of personal genetic services is another thing.
23andMe, the company created by the ex- wife of the co-founder of Google, Anne Wojcicki, offers by USD$99 a kit of genetic diagnosis, with which different hereditary tendencies as the predisposition can be detected from the cancer, párkinson, the baldness, to be left-handed or skilful and including the earwax of the ears.
The subject becomes contingent because a FDA does few days indicated that these test has not been approved, and therefore which is not known what so reliable is, could induce to consider erroneous treatments on the part of the patients. For example, if the test indicates you that you have predisposition to the cancer, you could begin to pay for treatments to reduce those possibilities, which would turn out very expensive and to leave sequels, being that finally you did not have that genetic predisposition.
This question of in case it is detrimental, and theories could settle down in which it says that 23andMe looks for to harness industries of medical treatments and blah blah blah bla, but concrete it he is that is only one of the problems, giving passage to more important other: the information and privacy.
In principle, which only seems a genetic test, it is transformed directly into means to successfully obtain information with respect to the health of the people. A patient who has bought 23andMe must send the samples so that they are analyzed, place in which their genotípicos data are stored to be analyzed and to give results. But, What happens later to those data?
Scientific American poses a quite reasonable doubt, making mention to Google: if we remembered how it operated Google one decade ago, we will remember that in his policies of information privacy it shelp clearly that our data never would be used for the later commercialization of products and services, something that with time obvious has been modified. Today we see commercials in the majority of the consultations realised in the finder, the videos of Google, and including in the blogs that we visited, which are to us directly according to our personal interests. If this happens to a web search engine, Which is the probability that it does not happen the same in a more sensible area million times, as for example the health?
Having the genetic information of the people, not only publicity of existing treatments can be offered, but, looking it of the commercial marketing or point of view (in fact), he would not be complex to make analysis of tendencies of diseases, being developed products and services that cure them (or not) including market greater participations. It would not either be difficult to rise alert with respect to the world-wide health, or of the health by zones. He would not be complex to be able to select to people with the better (or worse) genetic one, or who knows what other things.
As all we know (and as the NSA has let know us) the information is to be able, then, Who is in charge on the matter to regulate and to control the uses and practices?
From an analytical point of view, as always I say it, is very difficult to delay the technological advances, reason why it is easier to assume them and to adapt those that to try to avoid them. Putting again as example to Google, a form is not happened to me to have avoided that today can have the amount of information which they have of each of us. Perhaps choosing another finder, that actually he had been the same, or returning to us all specialists in computer science networks, something that never will happen.
And since today we lived in the era of the information, how we would have on taking this rising situation? , how we can assure that it does not exist the future in a monopoly of genetic data of the population? , or better still, how we could make sure that, they have our data, badly are once not used?
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