“The history of medical genetics has been the history of finding bad things,” he said. “But in the future, I think nutritional genomics is probably going to be the sweet spot.”Hawks finds this whole thing very bizarre, and so do we. "I'm torn between "colossally-bad-ideas" and "university-auditions-for-big-brother"," he says. And,
In fact, there is no credible science that supports the idea that knowing your lactase persistence genotype, alcohol metabolic genotypes, or "folate" metabolic genotypes will improve health.
This information is useless. It's a total waste of money. It gives a highly misleading picture of genetics.Yep. And UCB is already fiscally behind the 8-ball (maybe the Chancellor should be tested for the DRD receptor to cure his investment risk-taking behavior). Will the next thing be genetic ancestry tests to determine who should be admitted from various racial groups, and who may be hiding or over-stating their ancestry for preferential treatment?
As Hawks says, the only real thing this will do is get kids used to genomic testing for just about anything.