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Preparing students to meet their genes in the classroom

| | January 16, 2014

How much information do you need before deciding whether to have your genome sequenced?

In 2010, the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University caused consternation when they asked students to take DNA tests so they could analyse their own data as part of a course. Because DNA contains a wealth of personal information, there was concern that students might have opted to take the test without making a properly informed decision.

Since then, the use of relatively simple tests that sequence snapshots of DNA across the genome has become an increasingly common teaching aid on university courses. With the cost of whole-genome sequencing plummeting, it is likely that this more in-depth analysis will soon make an appearance in the classroom, making the concerns even more pertinent.

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