Follow-Up: State Department Limits DNA Testing at Cal

Rachel Gross reports:

UC Berkeley will go ahead with its controversial DNA testing program for freshmen, but with one key change: students won’t receive personal analyses of the three genes being tested. Instead, professors will lecture on the politics of personalized medicine and the results of the data as a whole.

The change was necessitated by a California Department of Health decision today mandating that the testing be done only in specific state-certified laboratories. But it’s too late in the game for the program to secure such a lab, said the university’s dean of Biological Sciences, Mark Schlissel.

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