Monday, 9 February 2009

Every Baby's DNA Taken By 2019



Times Online

Every baby born a decade from now will have its genetic code mapped at birth, the head of the world's leading genome sequencing company has predicted. A complete DNA read-out for every newborn will be technically feasible and affordable in less than five years, promising a revolution in healthcare, says Jay Flatley, the chief executive of Illumina.

Only social and legal issues are likely to delay the era of “genome sequences”, or genetic profiles, for all. By 2019 it will have become routine to map infants' genes when they are born, Dr Flatley told The Times...

Doesn't it sound like a Sci-fi nightmare Orwellian future where everything about you is stored by the Government? Also, sounds a bit like a eugenics mapping scheme as well.

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