California quashes student gene testing at UC-Berkeley

LA Times: “UC Berkeley adjusts freshman orientation’s gene-testing program.”

Where “adjusts” means the state’s Public Health Department blocked them from reporting any test results to individual students, so they took the 1000 saliva samples and made a big blind pool to have something to talk about during their orientation program.

The thing that bothers me now:

The state Senate Education Committee on Wednesday defeated a bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton), that would have restricted UC's and Cal State's ability to seek students' DNA.

One wonders what else the bill contained. Will DNA samples be required for university admission in the future?

My previous skeptical entries: “Berkeley DNA comments”, “Berkeley DNA tests revisited”, “UC-Berkeley genetic tests for freshmen”.

(via 80beats)