Tracking genetic discrimination

Nature Genetics
Volume 52 Issue 5, May 2020
https://www.nature.com/ng/volumes/52/issues/5

 

Editorial | 06 May 2020
Tracking genetic discrimination
The promise of personalized medicine lies in the tailored treatment of individual patients, a process requiring detailed phenotypic and genetic information. Although the widespread collection of such data can help to advance the implementation of precision healthcare, the genomic sequencing data being amassed also include private information that could potentially be used as a basis for genetic discrimination. It is important for the genetics community to be aware of these risks and to contribute to policies designed to monitor and mitigate threats to the equitable treatment of individuals or populations on the basis of genetics.