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Friday, April 25, 2008

Dawn of the GATTACA era!

The Genetics Information and NonDiscrimination Act passed unanimously today. GINA has sowed the seeds for... I am sure that every one remembers Gattaca 1997 SiFi flick. A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. During this time society analyzes your DNA and determines where you belong in life. Vincent the protagonist is one of the last "natural" babies born into a sterile, genetically-enhanced world, where life expectancy and disease likelihood are ascertained at birth.

The Gattaca era is now here we are living it, the Genome enters your drawing room of your very home, and people can exchange their gene cards with your medical practitioners. May be very soon even sit at a fertility clinic and discuss the traits of your to be new born. Now the Genome enters the White House oval office too Avatar GINA!

What is the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act?

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act [H.R. 493, S. 358] is a bill that will prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment. It was introduced to establish basic legal protections that will enable and encourage individuals to take advantage of genetic screening, counseling, testing, and new therapies that will result from the scientific advances in the field of genetics. It would also prevent health insurers from denying coverage or adjusting premiums based on an individual's predisposition to a genetic condition, and prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of predictive genetic information. Additionally, such legislation would stop both employers and insurers from requiring applicants to submit to genetic tests, maintain strict use and disclosure requirements of genetic test information, and impose penalties against employers and insurers who violate these provisions.

Well no one can stop the flow of the wild river that is technology it is always a double edged sword. While GINA is a boon to all the enterprise both commercial and non-profit dealing with personal genomics and genetic testing & patient care. It has opened the flood gates to...?

New Social competition, may be even a new social order!

The world needs Jest Technocrats and Scientist with Human Values to save humanity form Dr.Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll & Hyde. It is high time the world politics is lead by scientists and not by mad men and power mongers and "Politicians"!

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