The MedSeq Project, conducted at Harvard Medical School and funded under the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research program, has been conducting a randomized controlled trial involving nine primary care physicians and 100 patients. Half of them were assigned to discuss their family history with their doctor, the other half to talk about … Continued
There are going to be a lot more people finding out that they are carrying one of these mutations, and they’re going to have to decide at what point do they bring it into the medical system.” Green says.
“It’s a disaster for research,” Green said. “I’m tearing my hair out. Who wants to reveal to their employer that they have a BRCA mutation? It would just incentivize employers to get rid of people at risk for future, expensive illnesses.”
“GINA was intended to reassure people so that they would be able to get genetic testing and would be able to participate in genetic research, and many people are now getting tested and participating, so to some extent it was helpful,” Green told The Scientist.
“We are moving to a world where the technology will get so good and the cost will get so low that it will be very appealing to apply sequencing to not only sick people but well people,” says geneticist Robert C. Green.