Privacy is a fanciful delusion in the post-genomic era, or so said Christopher Mason during a consumer genomics panel at this week’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.
“I think privacy is going to be really hard to keep, unless you walk around in a hermetically sealed plastic suit,” said Mason, an assistant professor of computational genomics at Weill Cornell Medical College. “You lose cells wherever you walk.”
As a case in point, he gestured to the audience at JPM – and said if everyone left the room, and their DNA was sequenced simply from the genetic material they left behind on the seats, the results would be highly revelatory.
Privacy in the post-genomic era: Impossible.