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Gene tests should be better regulated, says Lords committee

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2785 (Published 08 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2785
  1. Daniel M Henderson
  1. 1BMJ

    Online genetic tests are “medically irrelevant” and provide “totally useless information,” says a report published by the House of Lords on Monday.

    The report highlights concerns about the growing market for tests made available directly to consumers, stating that the United Kingdom had no regulations governing such tests and that consumers were receiving results without adequate medical counselling. Results were likely to be interpreted out of context and could result in further anxiety.

    The report recommends that direct to consumer …

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