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University Revises Student DNA Plan

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

August 13, 2010

The University of California Berkeley announced Thursday that it is altering its voluntary genetics testing of incoming students in response to a California Public Health Department ruling on how DNA samples should be handled, the Los Angeles Times reports. Originally, the plan would have provided an option for students to learn about three of their own genetic traits, the report states, while the new program will only make collective results of the approximately 1,000 participants available for discussion at orientation. Critics have been raising privacy concerns about the program since it was unveiled earlier this year, but the state's Senate Education Committee defeated a bill this week that would have restricted public universities from seeking student DNA.
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