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Genetic testing online

11.03.2013

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Talk and discussion event in Exeter with Egenis Senior Fellow

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Dr Christine Hauskeller spoke about online genetic tests to open a discussion at The Global Centre, in Exeter.

Over the last few years genetic tests have increasingly become available over the internet. People buy these tests for ethnicity, Oaternity, or disease risks and often sign up for longer term communications with the genetics company to learn more about their genetic inheritance as the science advances. Many argue that customers do not understand well enough what these tests can and cannot do and that therefore free access to genetic testing should be restricted. Others argue that genes are shared between relatives and that decisions about the acquisition of such knowledge ought to be taken responsibly, ideally in joint agreement.

Dr Hauskeller presented a few examples to open up the discussion at this event, which was free and open to all.

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