UC Berkeley will be requesting DNA samples from incoming students this fall. It is voluntarily. It appears to be the idea of Jasper Rine, a professor in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology. The news has been spreading, prompting numerous poor quality copycat stories. The best reports are by KTVU, USA Today, and Popular Science.
[T]est results will help students make decisions about their diet and lifestyle. . . show[ing] the student’s ability to tolerate alcohol, absorb folic acid and metabolize lactose.”
A campus science-themed art contest will award the four best entries with a full genetic analysis.