Obama Says People Who Give Genetic Samples for Research Should Own the Data

On Thursday the White House held a summit to discuss progress on its Precision Medicine Initiative, first announced last year. The program has consistently emphasized that privacy and security are among its priorities when it comes to research data, but on Thursday President Barack Obama waded deeper into a debate about rights and ownership when subjects contribute their genetic information to studies.

A major goal of the PMI is to create a diverse database of health and genetic data from 1...

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