You can now buy your own home DNA testing kits online from Amazon and Target. The kit doesn’t offer much, but it is cute. One option allows you to store it, and another, more expensive option allows you to see how you stack up to various races. (Whatever that means.) It’s cute, but not very impressive since one could just as easily preserve a few strands of hair in an envelope.
Eventually, such kits could lead to more extensive DNA testing: to see what genetic predispositions one might have. Cancer, Crohn’s, heart disease, etc. I can see mail away DNA testing being big business in ten years. I would suspect that insurance companies might offer discounted rates to those customers that consent to a DNA test before they enroll. Such testing could never be mandatory (per federal law), but I’m certain that some incentives could be offered to aid them in getting a better health picture before of a potential client before a contract is made.
Right now, though, the sort of “DNA testing” offered is largely useless information: it’s too general for it to have any real use.
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