Clearing Things Up

Informed consent is no longer serving its purpose, and it's creating more confusion than it is clearing up, says Nature News' Erika Check Hayden. For example, when 23andMe announced it had patented a method to predict the risk of Parkinson's disease, many customers were unhappy, saying they didn't remember consenting to that.

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