Protect us from ourselves, please!
by Beverly Nuckols on July 1, 2010 at 9:10 AM
The Scientist reports on the controversial "23andMe" home gene test for "playful" characteristics (link requires free registration) such as curly hair and the ability to smell certain metabolites of asparagus (in the urine). The major problem according to the quotes (at the link) seems to be that the research is not funded by the US government, so the process and outcome are not regulated.
I'm not convinced that use of information from DNA samples with adequate informed consent - as opposed to fraud in the case of the HeLa cultures propagation of living cells for profit or the transfer of ownership from a patient's own doctor as in Moore vs. Regents of University of California - justifies new laws and regulations.