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The Berkeley Swab

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Don't worry, it's voluntary

Not your father's UC orientation, that's for sure:

UC Berkeley is adding something a little different this year in its welcome package — cotton swabs for a DNA sample. […]

The students will be asked to voluntarily submit a DNA sample. The cotton swabs will come with two bar code labels. One label will be put on the DNA sample and the other is kept for the students own records.

The confidential process is being overseen by Jasper Rine, a campus professor of Genetics and Development Biology, who says the test results will help students make decisions about their diet and lifestyle. […]

Rine hopes that this will excite students to be more hands-on with their college experience.

Link via Daniel Hernandez's Twitter feed.