Experts cite challenge of sharing DNA science across society

12/26/2012 | Health Data Management

Using cheaper and faster tools for DNA sequencing presents novel ways to combat disease and other issues, but sharing the value of this technology across society will be among the biggest obstacles that DNA scientists will face, experts said at a recent Nobel meeting in Sweden. Helga Nowotny of the European Research Council noted that academic centers in developed countries have most of the genetics expertise, and she cautions that it needs to be shared. "One possibility would be that we would end up with a genetic divide," she said, adding, "I'm most afraid of the corrosive effects of inequalities."

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