Experts in Australia are calling for laws regulating DNA use

Australia may be on the right track in trying to regulate the use of DNA. A skilled team of biologists, policy analysts, and legal experts from the University of Queensland are calling for a Genetic Data Protection Act.

Their arguments go beyond an innocent citizen’s concern to keep their medical information private. Mainly, the group contends that public trust is at risk. Genetic data being used in one realm—forensics, specifically—drastically impacts the public trust of genetic data used in medicine.

The opposing parties say it’s already gone too far: DNA databases have remained unregulated for so long that it’s almost impossible to contain the information. But this group of experts holds fast that it’s not too late, if action is taken now.

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