Life insurers slammed for treating genes as destiny

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An eminent Australian geneticist has slammed life insurance companies that refuse to cover genetically vulnerable people, saying the companies are stuck in old-fashioned thinking.

Robyn Ward of the University of New South Wales and chairwoman of the federal government’s Human Genetics Advisory Committee, said despite concerted lobbying to the life insurance industry, many companies discriminated against those with genetic predispositions towards diseases such as cancer.

Her comments come as the Medical Journal of Australia publishes a report revealing the story of a young Brisbane father with a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer who was knocked back for life insurance cover by four major companies.

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