DNA Testing Firms Are Cashing in Our Genes. Should We Get a Cut?
October 4, 2017
(New Scientist) – YOUR DNA determines many aspects of who you are, and an increasing number of companies are claiming they can decode it for you. But they may be getting more out of it than you do. Some tests that reveal genetic trivia sell for as little as $29, although typical prices are between $100 and $200 if you want more detail, with similar costs outside the US. But the companies selling these kits stand to gain a good deal more. Their vast, growing databases of genetic information are hugely valuable to researchers and pharmaceutical companies. Flogging this data, or mining it for drug discovery, could be where the big profits lie. So should these firms be paying you, rather than charging for what might ultimately be little more than a conversation starter?