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Virgin Direct calls for genetic tests moratorium

Virgin Direct is calling on the Government to put in place a three year moratorium to prevent insurance companies asking customers for the results of genetic test.

Virgin made its proposal to the parliamentary genetics and insurance inquiry, which is currently gathering evidence from scientists and insurance industry representatives.

A survey carried out by the Human Genetics Commission in November 2000 asked members of the public whether insurers should have access to genetic tests. 75 per cent of respondents said they should not.

A Virgin spokesman says: “There is clear evidence consumers are understandably very uneasy about insurance working out premiums on the basis of genetic test results.”

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