Friday, February 29, 2008


Last year, Google invested in 23 and me, an organisation that specialises in genetic sequencing. Apparently, the company intends to create a genetic database that people can search for both personal and scientific reasons. As they say on their site: "unlock the secrets of your own DNA, today!"

This year, Google has unveiled its personal health records service. According to Nick Carr, future partners will include a "slew of hospitals and care providers, medical testing companies, pharmacy chains, and health insurers".

For some reason, I always get nervous whenever "the secrets of my DNA", "search" and "health insurers" are mentioned in close proximity to each other.

Out of curiosity, the 15th amendment states: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude".

Do you think you might need to add "DNA sequence" to that as well?