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The public should have a greater role in determining how their health data — from medical history to genomic information to lifestyle data — are used in big health studies, argues Martin Richards, the chair of the UK Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party and an emeritus professor at the University of Cambridge, in a New Scientist op-ed.

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