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Do your family members have a right to your genetic code?

from MIT Technology Review

In August 2015, Samantha Schilit went to her primary care doctor to get a blood draw. A Ph.D. candidate at Harvard specializing in human genetics, she was itching to unlock the secrets of her genes with a test called whole-genome sequencing, which provides a full readout of a person's DNA. Patients must give their informed consent before undergoing whole-genome sequencing or any other genetic test. But there are no laws that restrict what patients can do with their own genetic information, or that require patients' family members to be involved in the consent process. more


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