Commons/Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria dell' Accademia, Venice (1485-90)

Last summer, St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra began a conversation about some of the ethical issues involved when people are used as the subjects of scientific research.

Jane Ades, NHGRI

A federal panel is calling for stronger privacy protections for human genetic data.

In a report out today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said “whole genome sequencing” — which provides a unique blueprint of each person’s DNA —  holds great promise for advancing medical research and clinical care.

But the Commission said genetic data can also be misused and need to be adequately protected.