On his blog, Building Confidence, Russ Altman suggests that scientists write their own summaries of genetic association studies for the public. He says there need not be a healthcare worker to help a person understand their genetic information (he calls that "paternalistic") if journal editors and authors would include summaries defining, in lay terms, the health significance of the alleles in the study and how that information relates to other genetic or environmental data. "Basically, I am proposing that we handle the issue of 'public education' by creating inexpensive and ubiquitous summaries of the health implications of genetic associations, peer review them, disseminate them widely and freely, and allow a market to emerge that helps individuals interpret their genome," Altman writes.
Adam Smith Would be Proud
Nov 14, 2008