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Nobody’s DNA but mine
  1. Michele Loi
  1. Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michele Loi, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland; loimichele{at}

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  1. I am grateful to the respondents (and the journal editors) for the opportunity provided, to clarify the concept of a libertarian right to test (LRT in what follows) and its normative implications. To sum up, I concede that genomes have a normatively salient informational aspect, that exercising the LRT may cause informational harm and violate rights of genetically related individuals, and that this is relevant to the regulation of genetic testing. But such considerations are logically compatible with a non-absolute LRT and its libertarian justification. The LRT is practically relevant because it inverts the burden of justification and recognising a LRT may affect the way in which other rights are protected in a conflict of rights case. I will try to clarify this further, in what follows.

  2. Consider B, an individual who is, and is aware of being, genetically related to A. Admittedly, while person A has a LRT, the interests of person B should also be protected.1 …

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  • Contributors ML is the sole author of this manuscript and individually responsible for the content in it.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First, to fix an encoding error in the corresponding author’s address.

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