Pharyngula, via a reader, points me to the most aggressively bad attempt at a genetic testing product I have ever encountered, coupled with a truly horrific attitude to parenting.
The tag line alone is hilariously inept:
“Our Technology Spawned from Human Genome Project led by US Scientists. The Industry is Featured by CNN, CBS News”
The idea that is being spruiked here is that genetic testing can help you determine your child’s “inborn talents”, which you can then use to ruthlessly jam them into whatever career the test results suggest.
The presenter notes that he “wasted a lot of time exposing my children to as many extracurricular activities as possible” – how fortunate that he can now give us access to genetic testing technology to save us the money and effort involved in letting children choose their own favourite activities!
For anyone uncertain about this: the test is a scam. It is impossible to predict which career your child is best suited to using any genetic test. Don’t buy it. That is all.
Here’s a screen-shot that tells you everything you need to know: