Professor Sylvia Metcalfe
‘What Australians think and do about personal genomic testing – findings from the Genioz study.’
March 22nd 2019
Personal genomic testing or online DNA testing has challenged the traditional model of clinical genetic testing. This type of testing is advertised directly to the consumer and is marketed globally for a range of health and recreational (predominantly ancestry) purposes, posing a number of ethical concerns. While research has focused on its use by early adopters, mostly in the USA, little is known about Australians’ expectations and use of this type of testing. The Genioz study (Genomics: National Insights of Australians) was funded through the Australian Research Council, and collected Australians’ perspectives on personal genomic testing. This presentation will give an overview of the findings. Outcomes from this study are informing educational strategies and policies in Australia to support potential consumers, and healthcare professionals, to understand and make meaningful and well-considered decisions about the benefits, harms, and implications of personal genomic tests.