For $5,000.00USD, you can get your entire DNA chain mapped — and it will reveal the very essence of who you are and what makes you.
Do you want to know your DNA for that price? Would you want to know if the price were free?
Such a price [$5,000.00] would represent another step toward the long-sought
goal of the “$1,000 genome.” At that price point it might become
commonplace for people to obtain their entire DNA sequences, giving
them information on what diseases they might be predisposed to or what
drugs would work best for them.
“It’s a shockingly low price,”
said George M. Church, a professor of genetics at Harvard who is an
adviser to Complete Genomics and to several other sequencing companies.
Then again, the cost of DNA sequencing has dropped by a factor
of 10 every year for the last four years, a faster rate of decline than
even for computers, Dr. Church said.
Even though science can, and will, eventually reveal every secret of the world — do we want to know those unknowns?
Can we handle the truth of the discovery of the scientific process — or do we need the protection of the dark unknowing?
Are we inherently brittle to breaking or strong against bending?
Having our DNA chains broken down will reveal those weaknesses and strengths — and the law must quickly attend to the rising rush of scientific discovery to protect the process from undue interference from the meek, and to promise the revelations of the strong will not wound the genetically inferior or punish those with small bumps or medium breaks in their DNA that makes them more vulnerable to those with superior chains.
It may be anti-evolutionary to protect the weak from their inherent ills and weaknesses, but science demands our willingness to leap ahead of our internals to proactively help those less able to help themselves — because the more we learn about each other — the less secrets there are to tell.