Genetic Test Services Offered to the Public
Gene technology companies are already offering the public with testing kits. These testing kits claim to help determine talents among children by identifying specific genes.
A recent research revealed that there is a link between ACTN3, a specific gene in the human genome, and athletic abilities. This was the basis of Atlas Sports Genetics, a gene technology firm in Boulder, Colorado, in playing into the obsessions of parents and offering a genetic test. The test aims to predict whether the child would be best at speed and power sports such as football or sprinting.
In Singapore, the DNA Dynasty firm offers the genetic test called Kids Innate Talent Genetic Discovery. The said genetic discovery test can distinguish up to 33 genetic traits including intelligence, memory, emotional quotient, and entrepreneurship.
The same genetic tests are conducted by Shanghai Biochip Corporation in Chongqing, China. In an article by CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chinese scientists claim that they are able to isolate eleven different genes with this genetic test. Looking at these genetic codes, information about the child’s IQ, memory, focus, and even athletic abilities can be extracted.