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May 27, 2010

The Nanny University

Every year brings, it seems, one more reason for me to loathe what my alma mater has become: Berkeley Asks Freshmen for DNA Samples - NYTimes.com
Instead of the usual required summer-reading book, this year’s incoming freshmen at the University of California, Berkeley, will get something quite different: a cotton swab on which they can, if they choose, send in a DNA sample. The university said it would analyze the samples, from inside students’ cheeks, for three genes that help regulate the ability to metabolize alcohol, lactose and folates. Those genes were chosen not because they indicate serious health risks but because students with certain genetic markers may be able to lead healthier lives by drinking less, avoiding dairy products or eating more leafy green vegetables.

Posted by Vanderleun at May 27, 2010 1:17 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I thought the students going to UC Berkley were suppose to be bright. They need to be swabbed by "the man" so they won't overindulge?

Can't wait 'til they are informed that Soylent Green is the ultimate food for bright student recyclers.

Posted by: JD at May 27, 2010 7:40 AM

They might as well be swabbed. It's not like they're going to Berkeley to get a serious education, is it?

There may have been a time when the objective of a university education was to be well-schooled, but that is so yesterday.

Future employers should make it a point to find out if they have 'swabbees' among their job cnadidates. If the company is looking for slavish yes-persons, then hire those swabbees. If the company wants dynamic people with initiative, hire anyone but the swabbees.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 27, 2010 10:17 AM

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