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Germany may allow employers to introduce gene tests for job seekers

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:940
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    Gene testing for hereditary diseases could become routine for people applying for jobs in Germany if the government enacts draft legislation, the county's national ethics council has warned.

    The German government has produced draft legislation that would allow employers to carry out gene tests on people applying for jobs that could potentially be used to identify hereditary genetic disorders.

    The draft law says that “genetic examinations at the level of phenotypes will be allowed in as far as they permit an assessment of the [applicant's] current suitability for …

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