If you read or write dystopian fiction, you may have considered whether or not big brother is watching. Or rather, what might happen in the future if we really did have a world-wide breakdown and the government became oppressive in all the evil, totalitarian ways of nightmares.
Well, not to add to the paranoia of our Orwellian imaginations, but there are already hints that scientists can discover a person’s identity by searching genomes on the internet. Forget using Google Maps to find your house. These scientists can track you down using what’s inside your body. (See more at Scientists Discover How to Identify People From ‘Anonymous’ Genomes from Wired Science)
So, while I’m having visions of managing my DNA to the tune of planting skin and burning my cast-off cells ala Gattaca, I try to look past the repercussions to personal privacy and value the advancement in DNA research. Anything that can help us battle cancer, alleviate disabilities, and help us resolve crimes, I’m all for. But when we donate bone marrow, blood, or even the genetic makeup to help others have children, we’re giving away a bit of our privacy.
What do you think? Is it worth the risk of losing privacy to further research for the better? Or are we starting to run the risks of privacy being a thing of the past?
I, for one, believe we no longer live in an age of privacy. Even our DNA is up for grabs.
Ella Drake is a dark paranormal and science fiction romance author. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, & Goodreads. Her Science Fiction Romance, Desert Blade is a near-future post-apocalyptic romance from Carina Press. Currently available SFR: Silver Bound, Jaq’s Harp, Braided Silk & Firestorm on E’Terra. And now from Lyrical Press, MetalMark.