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There are now several companies offering to read your genes: 23andMeAncestry DNA, and Family Tree DNA are a few of the most prominent. You send them a saliva swab and cross their palm with silver, and back comes an analysis of your DNA.

There are plenty of grounds for skepticism about the new business of personal genomics. Some people are concerned about privacy and security: Your genetic data can be legally sold if it is first anonymized. We should also be worried about unscrupulous companies delivering “bad” news (like having the breast-cancer gene variant BRCA1) without free and thorough counseling advice. And some of these companies apply subtle emotional blackmail to sell their wares. Don’t you owe it to your kids to find out which genes you’ve given them? Don’t you owe it to yourself to have this precious knowledge of your “true being,” your molecular barcode of identity?

DNA-testing companies help perpetuate that latter dogma. “Welcome to you” says 23andMe’s saliva collection kit. “We all have our unique set of DNA that predetermine [sic] who we are,” says Futura Genetics’ website.

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Image: By Zephyris at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2118354

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