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23andMe Teaming Up With Big Pharma To Sell Your DNA Data

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    23andMe, a company that collects genetics data on millions of people is now selling it to a major pharmaceutical company.

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    How come we have no privacy? How come massive amounts of data on every individual is being collected not just online, but with genetics as well. Can we keep trusting these same corporations that have misled us for years?

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Two ‘shady’ companies are getting together, a giant pharmaceutical company by the name of GlaxoSmithKline, and 23andme,  a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California. It’s a multi-billion dollar deal, and 23andMe will only collaborate with GSK on drug development projects for the duration of this deal.

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What does this mean? 23andMe has been collecting people’s DNA data and are now about to start selling it. And you’ll get none of those billions.

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Companies like GlaxoSmithKline, since their birth, have been developing harmful medications for years that kill at least 100,000 people a year in the United States alone. Countless lawsuits, injuries, deaths, and examples of scientific fraud on behalf of multiple pharmaceutical companies are extremely common. Yet they are still allowed to develop drugs and be trusted with public health.

Here is a great example. The meta-analysis sourced in the article explains how many of the studies were falsified, and data from clinical trials were not disclosed by the pharmaceutical companies.

The DNA Game

As far as 23andMe, they’ve received criticism for multiple reasons. They collect our DNA via spit samples, and in return allow consumers to access information like ancestry, genetic predispositions and more. This can no doubt be helpful, and something many would want to try, but what happens with your data?

As a CNBC article notes:

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Companies in this space, including 23andMe, Veritas Genetics and Ancestry, have a good reason to protect your DNA — their business future depends on maintaining the trust of consumers. But there are thorny issues related to genetic privacy that still today don’t have easy answers or iron-clad legislative protections. And regulators aren’t convinced they are doing right by consumers. A recent Fast Company report indicates that 23andMe and Ancestry are being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission over their policies for handling personal info and genetic data and how they share that info with third parties.

All of these companies say they have clear policies that they will not share your DNA with any third-party unless you explicitly consent to it:

23andMe provides consumers the choice of opting into research conducted on behalf of academic, nonprofit and industry organizations. They also offer an option to consent separately to specific disease studies in which their DNA is used in conjunction with for-profit drug companies, such as the Parkinson’s disease research conducted with Genentech and the lupus and IBD research conducted with Pfizer.

That being said, we do it with the belief that we can trust the corporation, and that there are no ulterior motives here. But now, there is complete transparency, many examples of fraud and deceit are now available for the public to see, (The Spider Papers, Dr. William Thompson, not disclosing information is a great example) if they chose to do so.  This is what’s stopping our trust in the corporation, especially ones that get really personal, and ones that deal with collecting massive amounts of data. Not only are we being constantly monitored, and not only is our online data being collected and harvested to supposedly sell and make a profit, so is our DNA.

This is why more and more people are also refusing the products of deceitful corporations. So, there is a positive side…We are waking up.

According to GlaxoSmithKline, “The goal of the collaboration is to gather insights and discover novel drug targets driving disease progression and develop therapies.”

Again, can we really trust these companies? We’re talking about companies that cannot be held liable for harmful products, which allows them to be careless with their product. Yes, pharmaceutical companies are exempt from this! This is why they don’t get in trouble when people die via their medication, there are laws in place to protect them, like the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, and that’s just one example. Is this really their goal for collaboration, just as Facebook’s goal was to “make the world more connected.”

GSK, along with this collaboration, is also investing $300 million into 23andMe.

Concerns are still being raised by the mainstream, however. Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, says that if a persons’ DNA is going to be used, that person should be compensated.

Again, it’s important to question why they are using our DNA, beyond the stated examples. It’s so hard to know given how much information giant billion dollar companies actually disclose.

Another very important point to consider, “The problem with a lot of these privacy policies and Terms of Service is that no one really reads them.” Tiffany C. Li, a privacy expert. “You are paying to help the company make money with your data.”

This current project isn’t the only one, 23andMe has already published a number of papers based on customer’s data alone, 100 of them. At the moment, they have millions of customers, this is troublesome.

Other Options For DNA Information?

So what about other options for getting the same types of services but without the data danger?

A new company called TimiCoin & TimiDNA is going to make this possible for users by allowing them to monetize their health data -and DNA data!

From TimiDNA’s press release:

1. Individuals who already have DNA results through another source can access easy-to-use tools within TimiPatient to download and securely store those results;

2. Those who have never taken a DNA test can establish complete control of their own DNA data through TimiDNA services. TimiDNA will provide consumers with a simple swab test kit and their DNA information will be securely stored;

3. Once an individual’s data is in the TimiPatient app, he/she will own it, control it, and have the ability to utilize it as an asset which can be monetized.

Bringing together a crypto token and the blockchain, TimiCoin is pioneering the tokenization of health information, including your DNA sequencing and other genetic information, through a decentralized blockchain ecosystem. They promise to allow users to monetize their own data, have access to their health information whenever they need it and verify that it is accurate.

It’s your DNA and your health data, you should own it, control it and monetize it -not these big corps.

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A large portion of our journalism that you’re used to seeing on our Collective Evolution platform has now moved over to The Pulse. We will be publishing most of our news articles there, while Collective Evolution focuses more on personal development.

You can follow The Pulse on Telegram, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  

We’ve done this for a number of reasons, mainly due to the struggles we’ve had with regards to extreme censorship at Collective Evolution. We hope you join us over at The Pulse in our quest to keep doing what we do!

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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