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Commission plans new controls on supply of genetic tests to the public

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:354
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The Human Genetics Commission–the body that advises the UK government on genetic issues–has recommended the introduction of new controls on the direct provision of genetic tests to the public.

    The government asked the commission in February 2002 to carry out a thorough review of genetic testing services provided directly to the public. At a meeting last week, members of the commission discussed the results of a public consultation on the issue.

    Philip Webb, chairman of the commission's genetic services subgroup, commented: “The consultation showed how concerned the public are about this area.”

    The consultation showed …

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