Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


Hacking the President’s DNA

Opinion Piece/Newspaper Article

Andrew Hessel
Marc Goodman - Stanford University
Steven Kotler

Published by
Atlantic Magazine, November 2012


The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.