In my spare time I am going to a write a book about personal genetics for lay people that allows them to understand the power of this new emerging science. The personal genome will have profound impacts on all of us.
Some diagnostics are already here. Here is a story from the New York Times that illustrates for good or bad one of those stories and poses the question would you want to know if? I have spoken with many people over the years and tried to explain the biology will be the most important technology of our era.
Genetics even basic diagnostics will make us face some of the fundamental questions of life. Who am I? How do I fit in? What will happen to me? The power of this technology will be used for good and bad. As an anthropologist, I see this technology more than any other challenging and ultimately changing our cultural institutions more than any other technology even perhaps the bomb which gave us the ability to destroy ourselves as a species.
Concepts of family, law, religion, privacy, self and group will all be turned upside down. The era of the genetic awareness will usurp the zeitgeist of the net. It will be personal and profound.
Take a deep breath and start to read.
The test, the counselor said, had come back positive. Katharine Moser inhaled sharply. She thought she was as ready as anyone could be to face her genetic destiny. She had attended a genetic counseling session and visited a psychiatrist, as required by the clinic. She had undergone the recommended neurological exam. And yet, she realized in that moment, she had never expected to hear those words.