Genetic tests for more than 1,000 diseases exists today and that number is growing rapidly as several hundred more tests are under development. Earlier this year, the Genetics and Policy Center surveyed about 1,200 Americans over the age of 18 about their acceptance of the use of genetic testing for medical and non-medical purposes, examine whom they do and do not trust with their genetic information, and gauge their support for laws that would protect them from genetic discrimination. There was strong support for the use of genetic testing for such purposes as identifying the risk of an adverse reaction to drugs (93 percent); to find new ways to diagnose, prevent or treat disease (93 percent); or identify a person's risk of a disease where treatment or medications exist (91 percent). But much fewer supported employers use of genetic information to make decisions about hiring and promotion (19 percent) and by health insurance companies to determine who to insure or how much to charge (15 percent). Below is the survey participants' response to the question of how much they would trust various entities with access to their genetic tests results.
How much do you trust each of the following to have access to your genetic test results?
September 10, 2007