06 Jul Experts Say We Should be Concerned with Google Getting Access to Patient’s Genetic Data
According to a study, Google and Genomic England may soon discuss how Google’s AI firm DeepMind can be used in the latter’s gene sequencing work.
Genomic England was established by UK’s Department of Health to sequence 100,000 DNA codes and has access to thousands of patients’ data.
University of the West of Scotland researcher Edward Hockings describes the risks that come with allowing a private company access to sensitive genetic information, saying that hyper-focused advertisements can be used by Google to send ads to users based on their health risks and preference.
The new snap general election recently cut short an inquiry on genomics and genome editing by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology. The inquiry’s recommendations could strike a balance for the future of human genetic technologies.
Source: Daily Mail