5 July 2005
The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) and the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) have rejected a proposed national scheme to collect a DNA profile of every baby at birth, the BBC has reported. The Joint Working Group, formed by members from both organisations, concluded that while genetic profiling might provide clinical benefits in the future, at the moment the scientific evidence is limited. They recommend that the government revisit the issue in five years. The group had been tasked, as part of the Genetics White Paper, to consider the positive and negative aspects of the genetic profiling of babies at birth. Their report, Profiling the newborn: a prospective genetic technology?, has now been published.
Profiling was defined as,