The DNA Swab: A Gattaca Style Genetic Registry of ‘Valids’ and ‘In-Valids’?

In “the not-too-distant future,” DNA plays a central role in the path of one’s life. If your genetic makeup is not of sufficient caliber, you are classified as an “in-valid,” incapable of working the most desirable jobs, left to be a second-class citizen to the genetically superior “valids.” Sure, there are laws on the books explicitly prohibiting such discrimination, but the cat is out of the bag. With each person’s DNA recorded, it becomes all too easy to profile based on genetic makeup, with little or no recourse for those facing such discrimination.

• • •