Covid-19 research is ‘badly hit’ by French DNA testing ban

The French DNA testing ban is affecting coronavirus research. Photo by NHGRI.
The French DNA testing ban is affecting coronavirus research. Photo by NHGRI.

Moves to end France’s ban on private DNA tests have failed in parliament, leading to claims that MPs have hamstrung research into Covid-19.

When data can be used

Nearly 200,000 French people pay for foreign genealogical tests each year, making a total of 1.5million carried out so far, but a law banning non-medical tests means their data cannot be used by French researchers. Nathalie Jova­novic-Floricourt, a campaigner from DNA Pass, said Covid-19 researchers need genetic information but French scientists have access only to details from a tiny number ...

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