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DNA database access concern

17th September 2007

Experts have warned that strict controls are needed to ensure genetic information collected for research is not used inappropriately by outside parties.

The British Society of Human Genetics meeting in York heard that many DNA databases have been collated for specific studies on genes and disease. But delegates were told that patient anonymity is being put at risk by pressure from other researchers to access the data. The meeting heard calls from speakers to implement safeguards to protect patient data.

 

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