However, UC Berkeley's request for DNA and voice samples is very unusual, said Joyce Holl, executive director of the National Orientation Directors Assn., a group based in Minneapolis. "I am not aware of other institutions doing anything remotely similar," she said.
In last year's experiment, called Bring Your Genes to Cal, about 700 students sent in DNA swabs for testing of genetic variations for reactions to alcohol, lactose and folic acid. Privacy advocates criticized the project and state health officials said the testing should by done only by licensed labs, not UC technicians. The university dropped its plan to offer individual, confidential results and reported only group results.