UC Berkeley criticized over planned DNA test of freshmen

May 25, 2010

Despite criticisms, the University of California, Berkeley will not drop its plan to ask incoming first-year and transfer students to submit a DNA sample to be analyzed for 3 genes that have to do with the metabolism of food and beverages. Although university officials say the assignment is completely optional and anonymous, the Council for Responsible Genetics calls the project "woefully naïve." In a letter to UC Berkeley administrators, the council says the test results have "the risk of increasingly being used out of context in ways that are contrary to the interests of the individual, perhaps even discriminatory and certainly privacy invasive." The council and the Centre for Genetics Society issued calls for the university to cancel the program. Inside Higher Ed | Associated Press