ARTICLE | Politics & Policy

Direct-to-consumer genetics principles introduced

August 5, 2010 11:51 PM UTC

The Human Genetics Commission, an advisory body of the U.K. government, issued a report that recommends a set of standards and principles to regulate direct-to-consumer genetic tests. The report recommends that tests be supported by evidence published in scientific journals and conducted in accredited laboratories that have appropriate quality assurance procedures. The principles also note that tests for serious hereditary diseases, like Huntington's disease (HD) or breast cancer, should only be provided with an offer of counseling before and after testing. ...