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Report calls for new body to evaluate genetic tests

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2700 (Published 19 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2700
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The UK government needs urgently to set up mechanisms to evaluate genetic tests, concludes a new independent report. Tests for single gene disorders, such as Huntington’s disease, were likely to prove more useful than tests for common, complex diseases such as cancer and diabetes, it says.

    The report by the PHG (Public Health Genetics) Foundation, a think tank on genetics policy, and the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge says that a clear process is needed for generating and evaluating data on the clinical and cost effectiveness of new and existing genetic tests so that the NHS can make evidence based decisions on their implementation.

    Ron Zimmern, chairman of the PHG Foundation and coauthor of the …

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