Kuwait dna testing

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Our DNA holds some of the most vital information about you. A DNA test can reveal everything about your health, lineage, identity and more. And now this country will keep a record of all its citizens, residents and visitors’ DNA. The country in question is Kuwait. According to a law passed in July 2015, Kuwait will collect the DNA of not just its people but every visitor too for security purposes and to prevent any terrorist activities. Also Read - Gilead Sciences Ready With 1.5 mn Doses of Remdesivir For Clinical Trials

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While the DNA test of its residents (approximately 3.3 million) will be collected via blood or saliva samples, visitors coming to Kuwait will have to give their DNA via a cheek swab. This compulsory move will be implemented at the Kuwait International Airport. There will be a special screening center at the airport for the collection of DNA samples. Also Read - Telangana May Extend Coronavirus Lockdown Beyond April 15, Says CM K Chandrasekhar Rao

Though your DNA holds a lot of your vital information, the DNA samples won’t be tested for everything to maintain a person’s privacy. The samples are essentially to “solve crimes and terrorism cases” an official told Kuwait Times. It will also help identity people killed in accidents or natural disasters.

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So if you are flying to Kuwait, be ready to share a sample of your DNA with the airport officials right after you land in the country. Kuwait is the first country in the world to implement a DNA test law on not just its citizens but also tourists flying here. What are your thoughts about this new move? Tell us in the comments section below.