UC-Berkeley Adjusts Student Gene-Collecting Program
In the wake of a California Public Health Department ruling on the treatment of DNA samples, UC-Berkeley officials have modified plans to gather genetic information from freshman students. The university will report test results in the aggregate, rather than providing students with individual results. DPH ruled that university officials would be making a medical diagnosis of each student's DNA test, which only licensed laboratories may do under state and federal law, while UC-Berkeley officials maintained the program was an educational exercise.
- "UC-Berkeley Adjusts Freshman Orientation's Gene-Testing Program" (Gordon, Los Angeles Times, 8/13).
- "California Officials Make Cal Berkeley Revise DNA Testing Project" (Rosenhall, Sacramento Bee, 8/13).
- "UC-Berkeley Drops Plans To Release Genetic Information to Incoming Freshmen" (Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, 8/12).