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Date:7/1/2013

holds much promise for understanding a person's risk for certain diseases, but are we ready? In the conference, Dr. Lone Frank from Weekendavisen, Denmark, Dr. Manuel Corpas from The Genome Analysis Centre, UK, and Professor Huanming Yang shared their respective comments on this trending topic.

"Consumer genomics is biology's parallel to the computer revolution." Dr. Frank said. At this point in time people are only seeing the good advantages of genetic testing, and while they may still not be aware of potential problems. Many of people want to test because they want to find out who they are, and they think genetic testing can drastically reduce the incidence of genetic diseases, and may very well eliminate many of them. However, genetic testing does open the door to a new realm of ethical questions, although it was largely unnoticed before the appearance of genetic tests for the masses.

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act has already been passed in the Americas since 2008, which was designed to prohibit the use of genetic information in health insurance and employment. It has been regarded as the third milestone in humanity after race and gender nondiscrimination. However, Professor Huanming Yang once told a story in his presentation about the genetic information used for employment discrimination in China. In 2010, a candidate was disqualified in his civil service examination for he is a healthy carrier of a gene for sickle-cell disease or thalassaemia. The case show that it is very necessary to raise the banner of Science and Humanity all over the world.

Dr. Manuel Corpas illustrated his point by narrating a case on the experiences of himself and his family. He thought it was very interesting to know more about himself and his family by genetic testing. The intelligent exploration, experimentation and trial to push the boundaries of knowledge are the right for ordinary people; What attitude a person has towards personal genome pr
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Contact: Jia Liu
liujia@genomics.cn
BGI Shenzhen
Source:Eurekalert

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