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Hungarian geneticists call for prosecution of firm that carried out tests to prove politician’s racial origin

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4190 (Published 15 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4190
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The European Society of Human Genetics has issued a statement strongly condemning the use of genetic testing to establish racial origins for political purposes after reports that a Hungarian politician used a genetic test to attempt to demonstrate his “ethnic purity” before local elections.

“The use of genetic testing to establish racial origins for political purposes is not only scientifically foolish, but also unethical and should be condemned,” the society said. It was criticising the use of a genetic test by an unnamed member of the Hungarian far right Jobbik party to demonstrate his ethnic origins. The society is a non-profit organisation that promotes research in medical genetics and high standards in clinical genetics.

Joerg Schmidtke, president of the society, said, “This is …

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