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Genes at work

Genes at work

作者:敖婉  时间:2019-03-07 02:10:02  人气:

By Alison Motluk WORKERS in Britain should only have to take genetic tests if a particular gene could put them or the public at risk, according to a report for the government. British employers do not usually require employees to reveal genetic information, but pressure may grow as more genes are discovered and tests improve, says Onora O’Neill, chair of the Human Genetics Advisory Commission. In its report released last week, the commission did not recommend an outright ban on genetic tests for employment, and suggested that tests could be useful under two sets of circumstances. A test should be allowed where the safety of the public is at stake, it says. For example, if a test could identify people with a high risk of sudden heart attacks, it might be reasonable to require pilots to demonstrate that they do not have the gene. It might also be reasonable to require testing if genetic variation could make some people vulnerable to certain conditions in the workplace, such as chemicals, the commission argues. But “the workplace should be adapted to the employee, not the employee to the workplace,