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Regulations not keeping up with developments in genetics, says poll

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1369
  1. Phyllida Brown
  1. Exeter

    A major UK public consultation on the future uses of genetic information began this week, as interim results from a survey showed that many people fear the misuse of genetic data by insurers, employers, and industry scientists.

    The consultation was launched by the Human Genetics Commission, the body set up by the UK government in 1999 to advise ministers on developments in genetics that affect health and society. The commission's discussion document summarises the current status of the use of genetic data for medical, research, employment, insurance, and forensic purposes in the United Kingdom and seeks readers' responses by next February. A draft report will appear next June.

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