Privacy Concerns in Personal Genomics

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Executive Summary

The sequencing of the entire human genome was a triumphant coda to the innumerable successes and discoveries of twentieth century science. And like many of those publicly funded discoveries, genomics has been hastily transformed into a consumer technology: personal genomics. Personal genomics - in contrast to the relatively established single-gene testing industry - fundamentally refers to the large-scale sequencing, deciphering and exploration of individual genomes. Personal genomics companies provide services that run the gamut from the cataloguing the hundreds of thousands of discrete DNA sequence variations (approximately 0.2% of one genome) that potentially correlate with a genetic condition, to providing one with the entire 6 billion base-pair genetic sequence.

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