Government should outlaw theft of DNA, commission says

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1233
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Taking people's DNA without their knowing should be a criminal offence, says the United Kingdom's genetics watchdog.

    The advice to outlaw DNA theft is just one of a series of recommendations made by the Human Genetics Commission this week to protect personal genetic information from being misused—whether by research institutes, the police, employers, journalists, or family members who may have their own reasons for carrying out genetic tests without a person's consent.

    Altogether four new laws may need to be created to protect the public from inappropriate use of their …

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