Rich and attractive?

Are you a celebrity, really intelligent, or do you just have lots of money? If so, you might consider taking up the offer of a firm in California (Where else?) that will copyright your DNA – at a price.

So, who'll be the first star to leak the news to National Enquirer's Uncovered that her or she has taken a copyright on his their DNA? This would in theory prevent some dastardly person from obtaining a sample of the star's DNA and cloning them.

The DNA Copyright Institute (DNACI) will charge a mere $US 1 500 to copyright your DNA. It's done by taking a swab of the inside of your cheek, which is then sent to the lab. They map your DNA and copyright it. Of course the real excitement of the copyright lies in being able to show it off.

As the DNACI's website says: "An additional benefit of a DNA Copyright stems from the Owner's ability to use it for various prestige, advertising, or publicity purposes, if desired. They can even use a DNA Copyright symbol after their names. Some go as far as procuring a DNA-© tattoo (temporary or permanent)."

The DNACI "believes that individuals in high-profile professions, careers, or positions, as well as those with inherent genetic attractiveness in areas such as acclaimed beauty, exceptional intelligence, and athletic prowess all fit the high-risk profile for DNA theft and misappropriation.

Beauty queens, athletes, models …
"These persons include but are not limited to actors, models, athletes, musicians, scientists, business persons, beauty queens, and Mensa members."

So if you're planning to lift a DNA sample from the toothbrush of your favourite starlet and clone her you might soon find you're not only acting in bad taste, but also breaking the law.

The DNACI foresees rampant DNA-hunting the new future: "Imagine the biggest Tom Cruise fans around the world, fighting over the chance to procure his drinking glass for the possible DNA samples, or attempting to shake his hand so they can casually scratch a bit of epidermis in a DNA collection sortie."

So, who'll be first? Brad, Jennifer, Keanu, Uma ... ? William Smook – YourHealth writer

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