Lots of stuff happening online today. I just left a conference call where I was the invited guest panelist along with Robert Resta CGC. The Advisory Board Company and The Innovations Center presented an Issue Brief entitled-The Genetic Testing Frontier: Impact on Clinical Care, Market Opportunities. Hundreds of hospitals were online wondering how they too can get a piece of the action.....
The three fundamental ethical principles for using any human subjects for research are:
(1) respect for persons: protecting the autonomy of all people and treating them with courtesy and respect and allowing for informed consent;
(2) beneficence: maximizing benefits for the research project while minimizing risks to the research subjects; and
(3) justice: ensuring reasonable, non-exploitative, and well-considered procedures are administered fairly (the fair distribution of costs and benefits.)
These principles remain the basis for the HHS human subject protection regulations.
All told, concluded a study in this month's issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, "There is insufficient scientific evidence to conclude that genomic profiles are useful in measuring genetic risk for common diseases or in developing personalized diet and lifestyle recommendations for disease prevention."