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Experts demand major revisions of German gene diagnostics law

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6685 (Published 22 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6685
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

Germany’s new law on genetic testing has been criticised by 17 medical geneticists and paediatricians in a joint report published by three major science academies.

The experts say that the new law, which came into force in February, makes it difficult to screen newborn babies for inherited metabolic disorders such as phenylketonuria. The law requires all genetic testing to be done by qualified doctors after …

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