It’s your genetic information, but what would you do with it? We are interested to hear…

A new international collaborative study known as Genoiz, exploring the public’s views on personal genomic testing, is seeking interested participants to complete an online survey (click here or follow the link http://www.genioz.net.au).

Genioz aims to understand what Australians (and the rest of the world) expect of new genetic technologies that provide people access to their own genetic information for ancestry, paternity, sporting ability and health –known as ‘personal genomics’.

Results from the survey will inform recommendations for programs and resources to help the public make informed decisions about their own use of personal genomic technologies – personal genomic testing.

New genetic technologies are now able to provide people with personal genomic tests which give them access to their own genetic information for ancestry, paternity, sporting ability and health.

These tests can be easily bought online by anybody, and simply require a saliva sample to be mailed back to a private testing lab.

In the past, genetic testing has involved analysing a person’s DNA, one section at a time. But now technologies have simplified the process so that thousands of sections can be analysed at once at a relatively low cost.

Genioz (Genomics: National Insights of Australians), is a collaboration of leading universities and research institutions, led by University of Melbourne Professor Sylvia Metcalfe from the Department of Paediatrics at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Other collaborators in the study are: Garvin Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research, Sanger Institute and University of Ohio.

Are you curious about some or all of your genes?

What would you use your genetic information for?

Would you trust it?

Would you share it?

Everyone is invited to take part in the survey. Click here or follow the link http://www.genioz.net.au
Please forward the link to anyone who you think may be interested.

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