Genome is a mirror
- Jong Bhak
Whether we like it or not, we live in a society(system) where rational adjustments solve survival problems in socio-eco-systems. That means, we need to know, whatever it takes, to solve problems.
We need to know genomes before we know what part we want to hide, protect, or even change. Present laws and regulations in some countries are preventing some of us to know personal genome for 'safety' and 'accurcy' reasons. They include ethical and religious aspects. Knowing one's own genome information is a kind of biohazard to brave individuals in Korea. According to ministry of health officials, you are not allowed to know your own gene information in whatever ways. It is somewhat like you are not allowed to look at mirrors as it can be a hazard and you may judge yourself 'ugly' and jump off a cliff in shock. Does our society need to protect such individuals by forbiding mirrors?
How 'ugly', 'smart', 'good', or 'bad' are subjective personal judgement. The lack of maturity in viewing one's attractive is not the problem of information given but complex social, pyschological, and education issues. How ugly one's genome is even more so. The accuracy of the annotation and the extent of the provided genome information are also case by case and subjective. The issue is how well we raise the accuracy of the data and annotation. Our genome is an ultimate mirror of such sort. Everyone wants to know one's own look, i.e., self. It is an instinct and necessity. I am sure the majority of constitutions assure to protect that.
Is genome information and its annotation in 2010 less accurate than the effect of smoking, saturated fat, salt intake, coke, coffee, wine, and MSG? If we apply the same uncertainty rule, perhaps we shoud ban wine, MSG, coke, and even candy bar (as supposedly it destroyes somany children's teeth).