(Tony Cartalucci – LocalOrg) – The US is proposing a government-backed
DNA database composed of over a million volunteers’ genetic material. RT would report in their article, “Got genes: Obama proposes genetic biobank of 1mn Americans’ DNA to fight disease,” that:
A new $215 million US government proposal would seek more than 1
million American volunteers for analysis of their genetic information in
an initiative to fight disease, while developing targeted health care
based on one’s DNA.
Officials hope the biobank project, announced Friday by President Barack Obama, can merge existing genetic studies with a diverse range of new volunteers to hit 1 million participants.
While this initial database is composed of
volunteers, involuntary blood samples are already collected by US law
enforcement agencies around the country and amassed in an existing, and
ever-expanding network. Additionally, the new proposal seeks to
establish “precision medicine” as a standard in medical care, implying
that everyone’s DNA will eventually be required by medical practitioners
to administer increasingly state-run healthcare.
Such information will undoubtedly end up in an expanded, nationwide iteration of this new proposed network.
Serial Abusers and Their New Toy
precision medicine is indeed a powerful tool in fighting disease and
repairing injury – in fact, truly the future of medicine – those
appointing themselves as its arbiter in the US have already demonstrated
they cannot be trusted with such a responsibility.
RT would also note in their report that:
How the US government will ensure that individual genetic
information is kept private will certainly become a point of
concern for many. A government-led database system amassing
genetic coding will likely face resistance in this age of a
global spying regime run by the US National Security Agency (NSA)
and a genetic patent system used by the likes of Monsanto to
consolidate legal ownership of the natural world.
Indeed, a DNA database would be to our bodies,
what the Internet was to our computers – with an NSA-like entity
invading, abusing, exploiting, and manipulating not just our personal
data, but the very genetic code that makes us who we are. The dangers
are immense, and the abuse of genetic information has already been
eagerly explored by the very special interests driving this new
The prospect of using one’s genes against them in the form of genospecific
weapons was mentioned in the Neo-Conservative Project for a New American
Century’s (PNAC) 2000 report titled, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” (.pdf) which stated:
proliferation of ballistic and cruise missiles and long-range unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAVs) will make it much easier to project military
power around the globe. Munitions themselves will become increasingly
accurate, while new methods of attack – electronic, “non-lethal,”
biological – will be more widely available. (p.71 of .pdf)
it may take several decade for the process of transformation to unfold,
in time, the art of warfare on air, land, and sea will be vastly
different than it is today, and “combat” likely will take place in new
dimensions: in space, “cyber-space,” and perhaps the world of microbes.
(p.72 of .pdf)
advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific
genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a
politically useful tool. (p.72 of .pdf)
targeting will require a database of genetic information – which when
coupled with the NSA’s already omnipresent surveillance – will enable
the growing police state to locate and target individuals with
genospecific weapons with unimaginable precision – a literal “touch of
death” on equal to mythological gods able to strike down their enemies
How to Have the Best of Both Worlds
race to establish a top-down healthcare system based on
genetically-driven precision medicine is done with the knowledge that
the democratization of technology, including that involved in biology
and genetics, is accelerating toward local labs being able to reproduce
or even out-compete developments made by large pharmaceutical giants.
This follows the same pattern IT followed, where disruptive technology,
institutions, and paradigms allowed for rapid decentralization and
Image: Precision medicine can precisely help us. It can also precisely hurt.
groups of people or even individuals now have a platform online with
which to compete against multi-million dollar media studios. Likewise,
3D printing is driving a similar revolution in manufacturing.
“Do-it-Yourself biology” (DIYbio) is now positioned to disrupt the fields of biotech, human health, and medicine.
DIYbio, individuals and communities can manage their own genetic
information, sharing it how and when they decide, and work directly on
applications to alter, improve, or repair it. The decentralization of
this powerful technology also will establish a balance of power. Those
with malevolent intentions will be kept in check by the fact that so
many more people have a vested interest in preventing the abuse of this
Like in the world of IT today, backups, firewalls,
and a general knowledge of “good practices” will help protect the vast
majority from the abuse of emerging genetically-driven precision
Already, there is a wealth of information
online regarding DIYbio – which like its counterpart in IT – maintains
an open source, collaborative ethos. People, understanding that
preventing the use of this technology is impossible, can begin
empowering themselves with it to ensure a balance of power is struck to
prevent its wide scale abuse.
proposed decentralization of the Internet by local mesh networks would
also serve to build defenses for genetic information stored by
individuals on such networks. Establishing and promoting the idea of
moving away from all forms of highly centralized systems maintained by
serial offenders of our privacy and human rights, by democratizing the
very technology they seek to monopolize and use against us, is the first
step in winning this new battle before it starts.