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UC Berkeley Professors Defend Student Genetic Testing

Publication Date: 
August 11, 2010
The Sacramento Bee
Laurel Rosenhall

Professor Hank Greely is quoted in The Sacramento Bee on ethical concerns surrounding a genetic testing plan for incoming students at UC Berkeley. Laurel Rosenhall filed this story:

Two UC Berkeley professors Tuesday defended a controversial plan to perform genetic testing on incoming freshmen during a legislative hearing that also featured testimony from privacy experts and bioethicists blasting the plan.

Lawmakers asked questions about the Bring Your Genes to Cal project, but ultimately have no authority over the University of California. Whether the project moves forward likely depends on the outcome of a meeting today between UC Berkeley officials and representatives of the state Department of Public Health, campus spokesman Robert Sanders said in an interview after the meeting.


Hank Greely, director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford, raised concerns that teenage students would misinterpret findings about themselves.