Genetic testing

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Genetic testing involves the sequencing of genetic material, typically in a commercial or law enforcement context.

In 2008, the European Court of Human Rights ruling that keeping a non-criminal's DNA sample "could not be regarded as necessary in a democratic society" as a blow against the United Kingdom's emergent practices at the time.[1]

In July 2015, the country of Kuwait was the first mandate storage of genetic information on a national database with those refusing liable for harsh fines or jail terms.[2]

The private genetic testing company 23andMe has seen significant growth in recent years in the area of personal health reports, though the commercial use of its data has raised some privacy concerns.[3]

In fiction

Gattaca features a world where testing is taken to a hypothetical extreme, where genetic discrimination becomes a major force in choice of career.

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