With the ever improving science we are facing, celebrities may have a reason to take careful precautions when it comes to who has access to their DNA. With so many of them dealing with crazed fans that will go to any length to be as close to them as possible, and the black market selling every piece of them possible, it seems they have good reason to be more careful than most.
Madonna is one of the most famous entertainers of our time. She sings, she dances, she acts, she directs, and she writes. Her fan base is spread world-wide and encompasses all walks of life. Many people don’t take things to the extreme and become obsessed with her, but there are times it happens. In those extreme cases, it can be because of mental illness, extreme obsession and even worse, for profit. It is quite possible for a celebrity to be exploited using just a single hair strand to carry out DNA testing for many reasons.
It is possible to complete a DNA profile on someone using discarded tissues, used glasses and coffee cups, smoked cigarettes, combs/brushes or even a toothbrush. All that is needed to complete DNA tests on Madonna or anyone else is a strand of hair, saliva or skin cells. Once one of these items are collected, all a person needs to do is contact a DNA testing company to have them do the testing. It is currently not considered a crime to do this to anyone, no matter who they are. It can be done quickly and can be kept very private.
In the case of Madonna, she goes to great lengths to keep her DNA under wraps. She employs a sanitizing crew to completely rid her dressing rooms of her DNA. Before concerts, once her dressing room is prepared and ready for her to use, only members of her entourage are allowed to even look at the room until the sanitizing team has cleaned it after her show!
If someone were to get a hold of her DNA, they could easily find out her genetic profile. The information could be used to sell to collectors. It could be used to frame her for a crime. It could also be used to learn more about her medical information and genealogy, which may be something she doesn’t necessarily want other people to know. In the most extreme case, in the near future, her DNA could even be used to make a clone of her!
Granted, the clone making technology is still under development, but within a few years, it is a very real possibility! Suffice it to say, DNA testing is a very powerful tool. It could be used for good or for bad. It is understandable why someone like Madonna would be so careful with it.