The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is asking the public to help advance precision medicine but one organization is warning people to reconsider.
NIH wants a million people of all backgrounds to share DNA and a decade's worth of health habits for a research program called All of Us.
Fox News Radio reports that more than 25,000 people have already signed up through an early entry, invitation-only test done last year.
The idea is to use the information to come up with better, targeted treatments and perhaps even cures for diseases and ailments.
"What stands out to me is that this is a million Americans in which the federal government wants to fully detail their genetic code," says Twila Brase of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. "And I'm uncertain the degree to which participating Americans understand what potentially might be at stake when that happens."
Brase, a registered nurse, founded CCHF when she became a vocal critic of Obamacare and its impact on health care. Fighting the Obama-era law is still a main goal of the organization but it has branched out to other causes, too, including patients' privacy rights.
Nobody opposes cures for cancer and improved treatments, she says, but it has to be voluntary and it has to have limits that cannot be transgressed.
As of right now, only people 18 and older can be in the All of Us program. Starting next year, however, children will be able to participate.
"Congress has authorized almost $1.5 billion to spend on the project over 10 years, but enough people have to sign up," reported Fox News Radio reporter Tonya J. Powers.
Brase warns of a future in which studying DNA can lead to a new form of eugenics in which researchers manipulate our genes, not just for health benefits but as cost-saving measures.
"That's when we get into trouble, says Brase, "and there is nothing that stops that from happening, that kind of pressure from happening."