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Genomics breeds new legal questions

from Science Magazine

While DNA testing upends the practice of medicine, U.S. laws aren't keeping pace. Doctors and other healthcare providers are already facing lawsuits that broach new legal terrain. In some cases, they're being held liable for how they offer, interpret, and counsel patients about genetic tests. Failure to offer a test can carry legal risks — in one Pennsylvania case, a doctor was found to have a legal duty to his patient's teenage son, who died of an inherited heart condition. more


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