Ok so remember self DNA testing company 23andme? That company founded in 2006 to provide individual consumers with genetic testing kits and interpretation? Nope? That company founded by then Sergey Brin's wife Anne Wojcicki and her friends? Also don't remember that in 2007 Google invested almost 4 millions in the company either?
Three days ago the company announced a new partnership with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. The company, which has invested 300 million dollars in 23andme, will be able to use tests results of over 5 million customers to design new drugs. \o/
Just in case GSK is not familiar to you : the pharmaceutical company has been convicted of hiding negative experimental outcomes and using mafia like strategies to encourage excessive prescription of one of the most addictive SSRI's on the market (cf the World Health Organisation report) to under 18s without authorities approval nor probant clinical results (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GlaxoSmithKline#Paroxetine_(Paxil/Seroxat) )
Even better :
This year 23andme, alongside another private company called Myheritage, offered "free DNA testing" to U.S refugees, saying it was for "helping immigrant families re-unite". No need to explain why this is utterly cynical bullshit. The article is from 3 days ago...
And what do I read today?
Canada is using ancestry DNA websites to help it deport people.
@jules this is so sick. The people behind these companies are evil criminals. DNA testing and data analysis should be something cool and used for social good and leisure of knowledge, not to deport, exploit and destroy health for their money making schemes.
So there is NO single DNA testing company that one can trust. WTF
Indeed. I could go on a never ending rant on the pharmaceutical market sector but the main question here, as you're pointing out, is who should be allowed to create, administer, lock down (or not) and use such databases... (and the direct consequences of leaving that power in the hands of venture capital funded start ups). 😟