The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society will disband next month, eight years after its founding. The committee had completed its original task, advising HHS on a number of issues related to genomics.
Acknowledging that a person's clinical, genetic, and environmental information impact the way he or she responds to treatments, the AMA's policy now urges healthcare providers to educate themselves in the discipline.
The HHS committee has formed a task force to consider ways that genomic data-sharing policies do or do not lead to problems that can harm groups, disturb individual privacy, or lead to ethical and legal problems.
The HHS advisory committee on genetics decided yesterday to form a group to consider if medicine is ready for cheaper personal genome sequencing, and if it is ready to be of use to doctors and patients.