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Personal genomes

Misdirected precaution

Nature volume 456, pages 3435 (06 November 2008) | Download Citation


Personal-genome tests are blurring the boundary between experts and lay people. Barbara Prainsack, Jenny Reardon and a team of international collaborators urge regulators to rethink outdated models of regulation.

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We thank Nikolas Rose for helpful discussions.

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  1. Barbara Prainsack is at the Centre for Biomedicine & Society, and in the Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London, London WC2R 2LS, UK.

    • Barbara Prainsack
  2. Jenny Reardon is in the Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, California 95064, USA.

    • Jenny Reardon
  3. Richard Hindmarsh is at the Griffith School of Environment, and Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, 4111 Queensland, Australia.

    • Richard Hindmarsh
  4. Herbert Gottweis and Ursula Naue are at the Life Science Governance Research Platform, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Vienna A-1010, Austria.

    • Herbert Gottweis
    •  & Ursula Naue
  5. Jeantine E. Lunshof is in the Department of Social Medicine, Maastricht University, 6211 LK Maastricht, the Netherlands; and the Department of Molecular Cell Physiology, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    • Jeantine E. Lunshof


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