Consumer Genetic Testing

Published 15 March 2012

This POSTnote explores the scientific, regulatory, and ethical issues related to genetic tests sold to consumers.

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DNA sequencing is getting faster and cheaper. This has paved the way for the development of genetic tests for predisposition to diseases. These are now being marketed directly to consumers over the internet. This POSTnote explores the scientific, regulatory, and ethical issues related to such tests.

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Author: Peter Border

Topics: Genetics, Diseases, Health services, Data protection, Health education and preventive medicine

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