[FoRK] "New babies get their DNA put in permanent government database"

rob van kranenburg kranenbuster at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 08:36:20 PST 2010


and the probably are weeding out exactly those kind of intelligences that
are born in and for the network

On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 5:24 PM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:

>
> Russell says:
>
>  I bet this has some new dads here scrambling for that removal form:
>>
>
>
> Actually, quite the opposite.  We had extensive testing done, both pre- and
> post-natal, mandatory and elective.  IIRC --- and I may not, as we only
> signed a bazillion (technical term common in geek-speak ;-) forms --- the
> State of Texas stuff was opt-in.  Regardless, in all cases we actually opted
> to allow sharing and utilization of the relevant data.
>
> I'm acutely aware of the risks run by such things but in net I believe the
> potential benefits outweigh the probable risks involved.  We'll see.*
>
>
> Had I become a parent, say, 10 years younger (but in the same e.g. legal
> and technological environment that we have today) I'd have made a different
> decision.
>
>
> jb
>
>
> * at a minimum, any sane legal system down the road should recognize
> subsequence information-on-file as prior art to prevent the "patented-person
> problem" (which, I think, will eventually be resolved by changes to
> generally-accepted IP law anyway.)  Also,  aggregative and longitudinal uses
> of this kind of information should have a massively accelerating and
> quality-improving impact on medical technology development, so in fact I'd
> encourage folks who might otherwise be skittish about this sort of thing to
> think long and hard before making such decisions.  More data = better
> medicine.
>
>
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