Presidential Panel Calls For Gene Sequencing Privacy Rules

Law360, New York (October 11, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT) -- Minimum privacy protections must be enacted to safeguard patients in the fast-evolving field of human genome sequencing, a presidential commission on bioethics said Thursday, warning that current laws often don’t prohibit secret screening for genetic flaws and public dissemination of results.

The report, issued as the cost of sequencing one genome could soon dip to $1,000, raises the specter of a malicious acquaintance using saliva from a coffee cup to conduct surreptitious tests and then distributing details of disease predisposition on social networks. Currently, such activity wouldn’t...
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