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DNA Bioscience embroiled in UK political row

This article was originally published in Clinica

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UK genetic testing company DNA Bioscience is at the centre of a political row over the directorship of a government minister who's department has been in discussions with it over future supply contracts. The current secretary for work and pensions, David Blunkett, acquired a 3% share in DNA Bioscience and joined as non-executive director in April 2005, during a short period when he was not in government. A House of Commons code of conduct requires former ministers to consult the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACBA) - an internal regulatory body set up to reduce the risk of conflicts of interest - before taking up professional positions in industry within two years of leaving office.

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