The Gattaca app for your smartphone

The following is an edited excerpt.

Human Variome Project founder Robert Cotton has an idea for a new gizmo that the New Straits Times seems to be taking seriously – and that thus surely warrants some thought.

Basically, the idea seems to be to give gene tests to as many Malaysians as possible; convince them to make their DNA data public; and then provide a cell phone app to accessibly store all of an individual’s DNA sequences. Then, “when [two people] want to get married and have children, they place their telephones together, and a voice will come out saying you both have a very serious defect and we suggest you see a genetic counsellor.”

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