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UK allows insurers to use gene test for Huntington's disease

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:977
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The United Kingdom has become the first country to give official approval for the use of results from genetic tests for Huntington's disease for insurance purposes.

    An advisory committee to the governmentthe Genetics and Insurance Committeelast week reported that the reliability and relevance of two genetic tests for Huntington's disease are sufficient for insurance companies to use the results when assessing applications for life insurance.

    The approval was given in response to an application from the professional body representing the insurance industry, the Association of British Insurers, to use information from such testing.

    Professor John Durant, chairman of the …

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