Go-Ahead for Human Genetics Scrutiny
Tom Wilkie Science Editor, The Independent (London, England)
In a remarkable policy U-turn, the Government yesterday announced that it is to set up a Human Genetics Advisory Commission to oversee the new science, including the use of genetic tests in insurance, employment and public health.
Representatives of families affected by genetic disease welcomed the establishment of the commission, which will report to both the Secretary of State for Health and the Office of Science and Technology.
John Gillott, for the Genetic Interest Group (GIG), said that the commission "would be very much welcomed by us". All those affected by genetic disorders hope that the new science will bring either better treatment or cures in its wake, but Mr Gillott said that GIG was also concerned about the possibility of abuse of personal genetic information. "If this commission can flag up these issues, it will be a step in the right direction," he said.
Over the past decade researchers have dissected the double helix strands of human DNA and teased …
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