Redefining privacy in the era of personal genomics

23 02 2010

DNA, the storage bank of genetic information for all living organisms, is challenging scientists and policy makers to reconsider the issue of privacy. With the completion of the human genome and advancements in DNA sequencing technologies, a person’s DNA can potentially be tested for risks related to a number of genetic diseases. This progress is promising for personalized medicine, but ethical and policy issues are coming to the forefront as well. After all, can DNA data ever be truly private and anonymous when DNA itself can also act as a unique identifier?

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