Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: genomic medicine

Cleveland Clinic Pathologist Urges Contract Solution for Return of Genomic Data

The Cleveland Clinic’s Roger Klein responds to my previous GLR post: The Office of Civil Rights’ interpretation of the requirements of 45 CFR § 164 could pose problems for clinical laboratories and the professionals who practice within them. Although the issue of providing benign variants for a single gene, at least prospectively, would be straightforward, […]

UNC Geneticist Comments on Testing Laboratories’ Duty to Return Genomic Data to Patients

UNC’s Karen Weck responds to my previous GLR post: I agree in principle that patients have the right to access their genomic data; however, in practice it is much more complicated (as things often are). Giving a patient his/her raw sequencing data would be meaningless – it is the interpretation of the clinical significance of […]

Myriad Updates: Clinical Data as Trade Secrets and a Pending Certiorari Decision

Earlier this month, my colleagues John Conley, Robert Cook-Deegan, James Evans and I published a policy article in the European Journal of Human Genetics (EJHG) entitled “The next controversy in genetic testing: clinical data as trade secrets.” The EJHG article is open access so you can read the entire article at the EJHG website, but here […]

Genetic Exceptionalism and Paternalism Themes in new German Legislation

In April, the German Parliament approved the Human Genetic Examination Act. An English translation of the Act (pdf), which appears likely to be enacted, was recently posted to EuroGentest. (Special thanks to the PHG Foundation for locating the translation.) The Act is a clear example of what is known as “genetic exceptionalism”—the belief that genetic […]

Navigenics Announces Clinical Partnership with Toronto’s Medcan Clinic

Genetic testing provider Navigenics has announced a partnership with the Medcan Clinic, a preventive healthcare clinic located in Toronto, Canada. According to the press release, Medcan will use a version of the Navigenics genotyping service, in combination with family history information, to offer patients an analysis of those “genetic risks that are clinically actionable, allowing […]

MLB Meets GINA

According to an article in today’s New York Times, Major League Baseball’s department of investigations is conducting genetic testing on certain Latin American prospects in an attempt to verify their reported ages. The Times reports that MLB has confirmed that it conducts genetic testing to confirm paternity/maternity “in very rare instances and only on a […]

U.K. House of Lords Issues Report on Genomic Medicine

On July 7, the Science and Technology Committee of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords issued its report on genomic medicine (pdf).  The Report is optimistic about the potential long-term benefits of translating advances in genetics into substantial improvements in medical care but determines that the National Health Service (NHS) is not currently equipped to […]