A study has determined that within five years, DNA sequencing, the process by which a person's genes are mapped, will be affordable enough to include in routine clinical care. However, commentators have stated that with this possibility comes a number of privacy, ethical and societal implications. For example, some fear the accessibility of health insurance coverage where an individual's genetic information points to future health problems.
Furthermore, it has been pointed out that some people are already publicly disclosing their genetic makeups, which could have societal ramifications down the road with respect to relationships and employment. Timothy Caulfield, the Canada research chair in health law and policy and one of the study's authors, told CBCNews.ca the following: "Successful integration of personal genomics into routine clinical care will require clear standards, multidisciplinary collaboration and careful consideration of the ethical, social and clinical implications."
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