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Report warns of danger of genetic discrimination in the workplace

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 25 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:702
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Changes in the law are needed to prevent employers in the United Kingdom from refusing people jobs on the basis of results of genetic tests, warns a report published this week that argues that the evidence for a link between genes and occupational illness is weak.

    The report looked at the potential for misuse of genetic information by employers. It reviewed the genetic tests that might be used for employment purposes and the research evidence linking genetic factors to occupational illness.

    Four main types of health related genetic tests might be considered for use in the workplace, it says:

    • Specific tests to identify people at risk of a work related disease or who might be susceptible to …

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