Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing: Ethical-Legal Perspectives and Practical Considerations
- Medical Law review
Author/s: -Tamir, Sivan
Journal: Med Law Rev
Start Page: 213
The post-genomics era and the public’s growing ‘genetic curiosity’, together with the commercial offering of Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic tests, merit particular consideration with regard to the consumption of these tests. DTC genetic tests are becoming increasingly prevalent, emerging as a fashionable, widely used health-assessment instrument. While viewed by some as an enabling tool for exercising one’s autonomous quest for personal health information, others find them to be both ethically flawed and a disconcerting trend. The multiple ethical and legal concerns of the quest for genomic information through the use of DTC genetic tests will be highlighted in this paper, supporting the call for specific harmonised regulation of such tests.