"Obtaining a complete transcript of a person’s DNA is getting faster and cheaper, raising ethical and privacy questions that the government must examine, a U.S. presidential commission said.
The panel said today it wants public input on developments in human genome sequencing, including how to balance individual privacy against societal benefits. The Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, an advisory panel set up in 2009, plans to send President Barack Obama a report by the end of the year.
“Relatively inexpensive, rapid sequencing of whole human genomes appears not only likely, but imminent,” the commission said in a filing. “This prospect raises many questions for the scientific, medical, ethics and patient communities related to how this information can and ought” to be used and regulated....."