Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: PHG Foundation

Welcome to Genomes Unzipped

I’m pleased to announce the beta launch of a new community resource for personal genomics, Genomes Unzipped. I’ve been working with a group of colleagues on this project for quite a while now. Some of the group members will be familiar to regular readers of the Genomics Law Report, including Daniel MacArthur from Genetic Future, […]

Disclosure of Patients’ Genetic Information Without Their Consent–Is the “Public Interest” Really a Sufficient Justification?

New guidance issued by the U.K. General Medical Council (GMC) regarding a physician’s ability to disclose to a patient’s relatives the diagnosis of such patient’s genetic illness1 has recently been a hot topic of discussion on several online forums.2 The guidance, which became effective on October 12, 2009 and addresses medical privacy issues in a variety […]

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 […]