Genetic testing and direct-to-consumer companies are becoming ever so popular. Genes give us probabilistic information, this information is not concrete. So why is it that genetic testing and genome reading is becoming so popular? Is it that we as humans find it necessary to have even a surreal feel of concrete information? Humans do not like things that they do not have knowledge about or cannot obtain knowledge to according to the article. Due to variation in environments and uniqueness of each person's genome multiple studies of a given trait or disease have produced varying results.Would you want to know if you were prone to certain disease, even if it was just a probability? I think that companies are going to make billions on scaring people, making them hypochondriacs, making them think they are at risk for a bunch of different traits or diseases, when it is actually a small probability to contract one. "Complex traits — such as the diseases that most of us will eventually get — result from the interactions among multiple genes and/or environmental factors. Predicting disease depends not just on identifying our genotype, the particular, unique set of DNA sequence variants we inherited, but also on predicting our future environments — what we’ll eat, drink, or breathe, the medications we’ll take, and so on — which neither DTC companies nor anyone else, no matter how ‘expert’, can do." so what do you think about all this? Do you think that these direct-to-consumer companies should be allowed to exploit people through their genes?
Tonya Sulham (3)