posted on Jun, 25 2003 @ 09:09 AM
I have a strong feeling this is the first step to making the movie "Gattaca" come true... anyone with less than perfect genetic makeup will become
the new "2nd class"...
Never mind compiling an illegal DNA database for the entire population...
The next step? Licensure for having babies???
Every child born in the UK could be genetically screened and the data stored to plan their future healthcare under government proposals for a massive
expansion of genetic testing.
John Reid, the new Secretary of State for Health, said the UK was on the threshold of a revolution in healthcare. "Increasing understanding of
genetics will bring more accurate diagnosis, more personalised prediction of risk, new gene-based drugs and therapies and better targeted prevention
and treatment," he said.
The controversial proposal for testing newborn babies was announced in a White Paper that promised £50m to expand the ability of the NHS to cope with
the rapid advance in genetic testing. It is likely to be studied by the Human Genetics Commission, the government advisory group, as well as the
National Screening Committee before firm proposals are made on what diseases would be tested for.