The name “Gattaca” is composed entirely of the letters used to label the nucleotide bases of DNA. The four nitrogen bases of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) are guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine.
NOTE: Thought about Gattaca when I got word of http://www.23andme.com, a mail in home genetic test co-founded by biologist Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google Co-founder Sergey Brin.
The test can screen your chances for certain diseases such as Parkinson’s. Trace back the true ancestry of your parents. See if you have the mutations that put your future daughters at risk for breast cancer. See what kind of drugs I’m more susceptible to becoming addicted to. Discover what kind of genes I share naturally with athletes. Or don’t.
All for $100.00.
Unfortunately I’ll have to wait until I go back to California to do the test because it is illegal to mail it from New York State, since it’s illegal to do genetic testing here. But if you’re curious like me and aren’t paranoid they’re building a GATTACA-like database, check it out.