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In this day and age, there aren’t many good reasons you would allow someone to test your DNA. According to Gartner, however, that may change in the future.

If you’re like me and you’ve been following Gateway resident @nkchapman on Twitter, you know that Gartner just wrapped up its annual symposium in Orlando. At that conference, Gartner analysts David Furlonger and Stephen Smith shared a startling vision of the future where employers could utilize your DNA to see if you are a good candidate for hiring or promotion.

It’s illegal for businesses to require a blood or DNA test as terms of employment in 2016, but Gartner envisions a future where employees might actually volunteer their DNA as proof as they’re the right man or woman (or cyborg) for the job.

This story was first reported by ComputerWorld, who wrote: People seeking leadership roles in business, or even those in search of funding for a start-up, may volunteer their DNA test results to demonstrate that they have the right aptitude, leadership capabilities and intelligence for the job.

It’s scary as hell, but it makes sense.

If you’re going to entrust somebody with millions or even billions of dollars, it certainly would be reassuring that the candidate is healthy, smart and a great leader.

It could also become a tool for businesses to know which of their employees should be considered for fast-tracking up the corporate ladder.

Perhaps one day prospective employees will walk in to Gartner’s newest building on Gateway Boulevard – and immediately prior to their interview, a technician will appear with a DNA kit. After-all, it was their idea.

Just make sure you wear the right genes to the interview. AHAHhaha haha ha .. ha …… haaaa……. ah.

As previously mentioned, this scenario is illegal today. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 expressly prohibits gathering of genetic information by businesses to make employment decisions. It also bars health insurance companies from using genetic info as a factor on whether or not to grant an insurance policy.

So the entire concept is against the law for now.

At least in the United States.

About Jeff Kuntz

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Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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