Protecting genetic privacy

Nat Rev Genet. 2001 May;2(5):392-6. doi: 10.1038/35072029.


This article outlines the arguments for and against new rules to protect genetic privacy. We explain why genetic information is different to other sensitive medical information, why researchers and biotechnology companies have opposed new rules to protect genetic privacy (and favour anti-discrimination laws instead), and discuss what can be done to protect privacy in relation to genetic-sequence information and to DNA samples themselves.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Employment
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Genetic Testing*
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • Prejudice
  • Privacy / legislation & jurisprudence*