U.S. Public Opinion on Uses of Genetic Information and Genetic Discrimination

Apr 24, 2007

While Americans are generally very supportive of the use of genetic information to improve their own health and the health of their families, 92 percent are wary that this same information could be used in ways that harm them, according to a public opinion survey by the Genetics and Public Policy Center conducted in late February and early March of 2007. Moreover, three in four Americans support legislation that would prevent health insurers or employers from having access to their genetic information, or from making decisions about employment or insurability based on genetic test results.

Read the full report U.S. Public Opinion on Uses of Genetic Information and Genetic Discrimination on the Genetics & Public Policy Center's Web site.

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, visit the Genetics & Public Policy Center Web site or visit the Genetics and Public Policy Centeron PewHealth.org.

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