US OFFICIALS WARN THERE ARE ALREADY BIOWEAPONS THAT CAN TARGET PEOPLE USING THEIR DNA
Whoah. This is not good. Not good at all. Last week was the latest meeting of the Aspen Security Forum. And while you might expect that such a forum would include lots of disturbing potential threats, this one is the scariest yet. We heard from Rep. Jason Crow (D-Dolo.), who is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In other words, he has access to very real, very pertinent intelligence. He told the audience that bioweapons are already that can target people using their DNA are already a threat.
BIOWEAPONS CAN POTENTIALLY TARGET INDIVIDUALS, OR EVEN GROUPS OF PEOPLE
If that sounds too generic or even boring to you, I’d like to ask if you’ve seen the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die? If you haven’t and want to, spoilers ahead, and soon. Because a central part of the movie’s plot is how a terrorist was able to create a bioweapon that could target individuals or groups of people using their DNA. In layman’s terms, it means creating a bioweapon that can kill either just you, or everyone in your race. Or maybe anyone with red hair, or the genes that could create kids with red hair. If that sounds scary, it’s because it’s terrifying.
SCARED YET? US OFFICIALS WARN THAT DNA TESTING COULD RISK ANYONE WITH NEW BIOWEAPONS THREAT
So here’s the money quote from Rep. Crow that puts it in a nutshell: “There are now weapons under development, and developed, that are designed to target specific people.” Sure, he didn’t confirm that these weapons work yet or that they have already been deployed successfully. But he did tie this concern in with medical privacy. Specifically how DNA tests from companies like 23andMe are not secure enough. He explained, “That data is actually going to be procured and collected by our adversaries for the development of these systems.”
So how could this be worse? Well, they also talked about how bioweapons could also target agriculture. As in, remotely destroy all of a country’s crops. Yeah, that’s worse. Time to move to the remote tundra, while it’s still there.