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Putting the genetics genie back into its bottle

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1070
  1. Alastair Kent, director
  1. Genetic Interest Group

    Genetics is rarely out of the headlines. Almost every day there is a new story either promising the earth or threatening the end of civilisation as we know it. When the “first draft” of the human genome was announced last June, Bill Clinton claimed that, for our children, “cancer would be the name for a cluster of stars in the sky.” More recently it has been alleged that letting insurance companies have access to the results of predictive DNA tests for Huntington's …

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