Monday, March 07, 2005

Cheap genetic testing at-home

Cheap at-home genetic testing opens Pandora's box according to this linked USA Today story. But I see a positive note in this for privacy issues of individuals wanting to keep their genetic history away from databases that sell the genetic information as well as those that would use that information to deny medical coverage based on genetic predisposition to specific diseases. "the companies note, the test results aren't usually jotted down on official medical histories, which keeps sensitive information away from insurance companies"

However, it places a big dose of trust on those companies holding your genetic fingerprints that they WON'T sell the information to the highest bidders once they have it in their databases. Regulation will no doubt be required to keep them honest.

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posted by RealitySEO at 11:36 AM


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