Creepy, dystopian genetic identification already exists—we’re just not using it yet

The dark 1997 sci-fi film Gattaca takes place in a world where employers accept job candidates based on the quality of their genes. The possibility of such discrimination just got a little more real.

Using widely available technologies, a programmer has designed a proof-of-concept that looks at a user’s genetic makeup to allow them to log in to a web service or site. It even has a suitably dystopian name: Genetic Access Control.

It’s essentially a genetic version of the way many...

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