$100 million dollars from a large philanthropy is about to be spent to map the individual genes of 20,000 people in order to find the genetic indicators of schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. These disorders seem to be inherited, but apparently finding the specific genes is very hard compared to some other inherited diseases, hence their need for an extremely large sample of unprecented scope, consisting half of people with various forms of schizophrenia, and half “normal” people. The researchers claim the hope is to be able to diagnose a patient’s type of schiophrenia and better understand how to treat each case, as well as to predict a person’s risk.
They also plan to make all 20,000 individual’s genomes publicly available on the web in their entirity, which (with the exception of Craig Venter’s DNA) is also unprecented, and alarming.
Though these people will probably all be anonymous, and will surely consent, I’m not sure it is a good idea to be mapping so many people’s DNA and making it public, or, for that matter, doing these sorts of genetic determinism experiments to begin with.
Also, the article doesn’t mention it, but there are also scientists who believe that we should be actively pursuing germline genetic engineering, in other words, changing the genes before we pass them on to our children. There is very little protecting a person’s right to pass on their own genes to their children without subjecting them to a state sponsored eugenic enhancement process, other than marriage and every person’s right to marry. With that right being eroded by moonbats who claim that marriage no longer guarantees a right to conceive together with the couple’s own gametes, this sort of screening needs much more careful forethought and consideration. Or at least, if we let them go ahead with it their eugenic deterimism experiments, we need to make sure we protect marriage.
Ignore the ads and read the story I read on the front page, above the story about the moonbats.