A Democratic congressman said that the DNA tests popular for genealogy buffs and others are a threat to be used for bioweapons engineered to kill a certain person.
Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) made these startling claims. He specifically said weapons are “under development” and designed to target “specific people.” Speaking to the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado Friday, he said weapons may be used to kill a person or render them inoperable in battle.
If you have their DNA, Crow explained that you have a very strong medical profile.
The U.S. Army veteran believes Americans should keep these weapons in mind and be much more cautious about sharing DNA with companies.
The former Ranger used the example of 23andMe, which collects DNA data and gives the contributor interesting facts about their genetic background. And now has their DNA. The company said it does not sell client’s info, but it has provided data when asked by police.
That is standard procedure for many DNA firms.
Crow said unequivocally that this data will be “procured and collected by our adversaries” for their bioweapons systems. And while this prospect seems remote for the average American, our genetic links to thousands of others along our extended families are well known.
Another issue is the wildly low expectation of privacy that younger Americans have. Having spent their entire lives with pervasive social media seemingly recording and preserving every minute aspect of life, “younger folks actually have very little” concern over privacy issues, Crow warned.
Not to mention the fact that all humans are 99.9% identical in their genetic makeup. Meaning that 0.1% is vital to everything from our eye color to predisposition for diseases and vulnerabilities to certain bioweapons.
Another presenter, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), told attendees that sophisticated adversaries could use biological weapons to attack our food sources. Engineered diseases that may hit either agriculture or animal populations would cause famine and drive food insecurities around the world.
A generation that screams about privacy in one breath is willing to give away every biological detail of their bodies with the next. Science fiction is science fiction right up until the moment it is not, and bioweapons already exist in abundance. Crow’s warning is hardly far-fetched.