Biological weapons are being developed that use specific DNA to target and kill individuals through their medical profile, a Democratic member of the US House Intelligence Committee warned on Friday.
Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), a A US Army veteran has used the Aspen Security Forum to warn Americans to be more careful about sharing their DNA with private companies due to the arrival of new types of biological weapons.
His call is a repeat of one made in 2019 when concerns over China’s acquisition of DNA from US military personnel prompted the Pentagon to issue a force-wide advisory against the use of test kits. Popular commercial DNA to trace its ancestry.
“You can actually take somebody’s DNA, take, you know, their medical profile and you can target a bioweapon that will kill that person or take them off the battlefield or render them inoperable,” Crow reportedly said, from Colorado.
The congressman said the development of sophisticated biological weapons is concerning given the popularity of DNA testing services, where people willingly share their genetic mapping with companies to gain insight into their genealogy and health, the Daily mail reports.
“You can’t discuss this without talking about privacy and business data protection, because privacy expectations have eroded over the past 20 years,” the Democratic lawmaker said.
“Young people actually have very low expectations of privacy, the polls and the data show.”
Crow, a former Army Ranger who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, continued, “People will very quickly spit in a cup and send it to 23andMe and get some really interesting data on their background. .”
“And guess what? Their DNA is now privately owned. It can be sold with very little intellectual property protection or privacy protection and we have no legal and regulatory regimes to deal with that.
Crow went on to advise that “an open and public discussion of… what protecting health information, DNA information, and your data looks like, because that data is actually going to be obtained and collected by our adversaries for the development of these systems. ”
DNA service provider 23andMe has repeatedly stated that it does not sell customers’ private information.
This is not the first time DNA testing has been implicated as a personal safety risk.
In December, we learned @DeptofDefense prohibits the US military from using genetic testing kits like 23AndMe.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) January 13, 2020
Concerns over China’s acquisition of U.S. servicemen’s DNA prompted the Pentagon to issue a late 2019 force-wide advisory against the use of popular commercial DNA test kits to discover one’s ancestry, a report said. reported Breitbart News.
“The scientific community is increasingly concerned that third parties are exploiting the use of genetic data for questionable purposes, including mass surveillance and the ability to track individuals without their permission or knowledge,” the Pentagon said in a statement. his review on December 20, 2019. first reported by Yahoo News.
However, neither the memo nor the Yahoo News report specifically mentioned China as a primary concern.
But two congressional sources told Breitbart News that the Pentagon’s warning was prompted by concern over China’s efforts to obtain DNA and other personal health information from popular companies in the United States. United States.
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