A presidential commission has been suggesting that new protections are a must to ensure people's genetic information's privacy, in case medical potential of gene-mapping is needed by the nation, as per a recent report.
While the need of protection was realized as necessary previously also, a latest incident called for the same on urgent basis. It has been found that a discarded coffee cup was sent to a laboratory by someone unknown and the same contained the decoding of unwitting drinker's DNA.
It has been told by the commission that the same thing is possible in almost half of the people of all states. Also, a huge cost was incurred on the whole genome sequencing in the past. But, the technology has been realizing its price dropping over years.
As per the findings, it is likely that each and every office of doctors uses the technology soon down the road. However, it is a concerning matter that with whom the results should be shared.
"It is not a fantasy to think about how, in the future, without clear baseline privacy protections people could use this in ways that are really detrimental", Chairman for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Dr. Amy Gutmann said.
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