Who has access to my DNA?
To use DNA samples, researchers must first get clearance from a medical ethics committee. DNA extracted from blood collected during the first NCDS biomedical survey in 2002-3 can only be used for non-commercial medical research whereas DNA extracted from blood collected during the Life in Your Early 60s Survey may potentially be used by researchers from commercial organisations. DNA collected in either survey may also potentially be used by researchers outside of the UK.
All DNA samples are barcoded with a unique serial number so that the anonymity of study members is preserved.