Genetic exceptionalism and privacy

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Image: National Human Genome Research Institute

“Genetic exceptionalism is the belief that genetic information is special and deserving of greater considerations of consent to and privacy of sequencing and analysis than any other form of medical data,” said  Philippa Brice, at the Britain-based bioethical think tank, the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health, “In fact, genetic information is for the large part much more innocuous than other forms of personal medical data.”

Correct.

The plain fact is that as genetic testing gets cheaper and more widely available people will become more comfortable with what it does and does not reveal. Consent will often be beside the point.

Read the full article here: The Royal Baby and Genetic Privacy

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