What most pet genetic testing companies fail to make clear, though, is that genetic testing is riddled with uncertainty.
It is an unfortunate characteristic of humans that whenever a new scientific avenue goes public, a good portion of the populace will be only too happy to hop on the Cure-all, Fix-all train. Think of nitrous oxide, electricity, hypnotism, Goop–in each case the purported marvels were snapped up, people having parties in which they happily gassed & electrocuted themselves. Or they happily sent checks to help make millionaires out of anyone callous & greedy enough to sell products that are either marginally or thoroughly useless.
A barely-born, unproven New Thing is but an opportunity for someone to “monetize” yet again the public’s desire for Answers.
I think that until all people have learned to be skeptical, to demand solid scientific proof before hopping on that train, holding out cash to be grabbed by the monetizer and promoter of the latest Answer to Every Worry–until then, genetic testing for pets and other nascent technologies as well as utterly nonsensical pseudo-medical items will always have people willing to pay for and believe in them.
I hold out little hope that it will not ever be thus.
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