In case of any disease detected in DNA test, then ? | DNA test in Kuwait

January 24, 20160 Comments

Published in KUWAIT TIMES & quoted from Zawya

Q: In case of detecting any medical cases, how will you handle them?

The mandatory DNA tests only target non-encrypted genes that are not affected by diseases.

The test is not done to diagnose any disease or obtain medical information because such information is part of individuals’ privacy and the law bans access to it.


The DNA testing law that will go into effect this year is aimed at creating an integrated security database and does not include genealogical implications or affects personal freedoms and privacy. Senior officials told Kuwait Times that the law, the first of its kind in the world, will only be used for criminal security purposes. When the law (no. 78/2015) is applied, it will be binding on all citizens, expatriates and visitors too. A Kuwaiti security delegation had earlier visited Washington to study DNA testing systems there.

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The National Assembly passed the DNA testing law on July 2, 2015 that will be mandatory on everyone in Kuwait in order to fight crime and terrorism. Kuwait Times was given exclusive and rare access to the DNA lab located at the General Department of Criminal Evidence in Dajeej in an effort to learn more about the latest developments regarding the law.

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