New applications of DNA analysis

Expert study


Until recently, evaluating information hidden in DNA was complex, time-consuming and expensive. But today, genetic analyses are becoming increasingly common. Some companies offer so-called “lifestyle genetic tests". This gives people, for example, their own genetic family tree or a nutrition programme tailored to their genes. Gene analyses can also provide information about what an unknown person might look like, of whom only a trace of DNA has been found. Prosecutors and police hope to be able to create phantom pictures from DNA samples one day.

However, the new applications also raise questions. DNA analysis reveals very personal information, not only about oneself, but possibly also about one's blood relatives. Who should have access to this information and how should or may the findings from DNA analyses be used?

A new study commissioned by TA-SWISS aims to answer these and other questions. 

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