UC Berekeley Asks Incoming Freshmen for DNA Sample

Posted: May 19, 2010 11:50 AM
This is beyond "nanny state."  I don't even know what to call this kind of craziness:
Instead of the usual required summer-reading book, this year’s incoming freshmen at the University of California, Berkeley, will get something quite different: a cotton swab on which they can, if they choose, send in a DNA sample.

The university said it would analyze the samples, from inside students’ cheeks, for three genes that help regulate the ability to metabolize alcohol, lactose and folates.

Those genes were chosen not because they indicate serious health risks but because students with certain genetic markers may be able to lead healthier lives by drinking less, avoiding dairy products or eating more leafy green vegetables.

Full story from the New York Times

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