February 2019 Review with Nathan and Laura: Family Surprises, IQ Profiling, and Chinese Surveillance


Guests:

Laura Hercher, Host, The Beagle Has Landed

Nathan Pearson, Genomicist; Founder, Root Deep Insight

Chapters:

0:00 Family surprises care of DNA

12:22 NYT vs 23andMe

18:08 IQ profiling

28:23 Chinese surveillance

Our two favorite commentators are back for our February 2019 month-in-review show, and to give our own twist to Valentine's Day celebrations we take on the topic of family surprises due to DNA testing. This is a phenomenon taking the world by storm in 2019. The Boston Globe had a great headline this past week, "First came the home DNA kits. Now come the support groups."

The month began with the New York Times's Editorial Board issuing a rebuke of 23andMe's cancer genetics testing. Nathan says it's similar to the paper's tech consumer reports section giving a bad grade. Theral says, no, it's the press filling in for a lax FDA.

Laura joins her colleagues, the authors of a STAT opinion piece, in raising alarm over the possibility of companies soon profiling for high IQ in the preimplantation genetics arena. She also questions whether Thermo's move to stop selling sequencers to one small region in China to protest surveillance by the state can be anything more than a PR stunt. "Don't they have trucks in China?"

Join us for another monthly romp through the genomics headlines.



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