Berkeley asks freshmen for DNA swab

From the New York Times

Berkeley’s program for the class of 2014 is the first mass genetic testing by a university. Jasper Rine, the professor of genetics who is leading the project, said it was designed to help students learn about personalized medicine and identify their own vulnerabilities.

“The history of medical genetics has been the history of finding bad things,” he said. “But in the future, I think nutritional genomics is probably going to be the sweet spot.”

The testing will be voluntary and confidential, with no one at Berkeley knowing which sample comes from which student.

Each freshman will get two bar code labels, one to put on the sample and one to keep. After the genotyping is complete, the results will be posted on a Web site using the bar code identification, so only the person who provided the DNA sample will know whose it is.

It’s voluntary (*cough*), so nothing to get too upset over. But I can still hold out hope that the freshmen class voluntarily opt-out, can’t I?

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