1953 was a turning point in the development of biology and medicine: the DNA-macromolecule structure was deciphered, which stores and transmits the most important information about living things – genetic. The double helix of this biopolymer was described by scientists Francis Crick and James Watson, for which they received the Nobel Prize nine years later, in 1962.
Could they then know that half a century later their achievement would become the object of cyber-theft?
In simple terms, DNA is defined as a sequence of molecules (nucleotides), where information about the genome is stored in the form of a specific code.
This unique code is investigated in determining the relationship, diagnosing a number of diseases and even in forensics – to identify the offender. And this is not to mention the numerous scientific studies in the field of biology and anthropology.
DNA samples keep valuable information. In fact, DNA personalizes a person the same way as a passport, driver’s license or bank account number.
Now tell me, would you like your “passport” to be stolen for an unknown purpose? Considering that the theft and illegal use of genetic and other medical information is real.
DNA technology develops very quickly. If initially the sequencing service, i.e. (the first complete decoding of the human genome cost US taxpayers $ 2.7 billion), now hundreds of companies can do it for a very modest price. The progress is so fast that nowadays you can even buy yourself a portable sequencer that connects to a laptop and turns the process of decoding the DNA into literally children’s fun. And all the information goes to the worldwide network.