With nothing more than a swab of saliva, security officials can use the device to obtain genetic intel in less than an hour. The results reveal personal details about one's ethnicity, race and lineage. Current DNA tests can take several weeks.
"This can be done in real time, with no technical expertise," Richard Selden, the executive chairman of NetBio, the company that devise the scanners, told The Daily. "DNA information has the potential to become a part of the fabric of day-to-day life, and this facilitates that process."
Jim Harper, the director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute and a member of the DHS privacy committee, called the technology a game-changer, and one that officials are rolling out too hastily.
"There's going to be a rapid migration into collecting more DNA from more people," he said. "We're plunging into the unknown here."
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Bret's Wish Coming True?
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"If everyone's DNA was on record, how could that be abused?"-Bret "Ginx" Alan
Genetic Patdown: Homeland Security Plan for DNA Could Quickly Lead to Other Uses, Abuses
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