‘You can take someone’s DNA and design a weapon that can kill them’: US Congressman warns not to share health data with 23andMe…

‘You can take someone’s DNA and design a weapon that can kill them’: House intelligence committee member warns people not to share health data with sites like 23andMe because it can be used to program new bio-weapons to target them

The congressman said the development of the weapons were worrying given the popularity of DNA testing services like 23andMe
The congressman said the development of the weapons were worrying given the popularity of DNA testing services like 23andMe

* US Rep Jason Crow warned that bio-weapons are being made that use a target’s DNA to only kill that person during the Aspen Security Forum on Friday

* The congressman said the development of the weapons is worrisome given the popularity of DNA testing services like 23andMe

* 23andMe has stated that it does not sell off customer’s private information, but the company is one of many that has provided information to police

* In 2019, it was found that several Russian and Chinese labs were processing DNA tests for Americans through Medicare and Medicaid

* Officials warned the bio-weapons could also target animals and disrupt food supplies around the globe

 

A member of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee warned that bio-weapons are being made that use a target’s DNA to only kill that person.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Friday, US Rep Jason Crow of Colorado warned Americans to not be so cavalier about sharing their DNA with private companies due to the coming of the new type of weapon.

‘You can actually take someone’s DNA, take, you know, their medical profile and you can target a biological weapon that will kill that person or take them off the battlefield or make them inoperable,’ Crow said.

The congressman said the development of the weapons is worrisome given the popularity of DNA testing services, where people willingly share their genetic mapping with businesses to gain insight on their genealogy and health.

‘You can’t have a discussion about this without talking about privacy and the protection of commercial data because expectations of privacy have degraded over the last 20 years,’ the Democratic lawmaker said.

‘Young folks actually have very little expectation of privacy, that’s what the polling and the data show.”

Crow, a former Army Ranger who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, continued: ‘People will very rapidly spit into a cup and send it to 23andMe and get really interesting data about their background.’

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