Selling direct-to-consumer epigenetic tests: are we ready?

Private companies have recently started to sell epigenetic tests to the public online, most of them without supervision by a physician. While the ethical and legal implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing have received considerable attention over the past decades, other direct-to-consumer ‘omic’ tests have largely escaped scrutiny.

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This study was funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. C.D. is also grateful to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a 3-year fellowship.

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Dupras, C., Beauchamp, E. & Joly, Y. Selling direct-to-consumer epigenetic tests: are we ready?. Nat Rev Genet 21, 335–336 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41576-020-0215-2

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