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Legal and Ethical Issues

CHAPTER OBJECTIVES
  • Ethical Issues in Prenatal Diagnosis (Adapted from WHO Guidelines on Ethical Issues in Medical Genetics)
  • Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing of Children
  • Privacy of Genetic Information and Its Misuse

 

The success of medical and clinical genetics have been accompanied by a parallel growth in the level of concern and anxiety that our knowledge be used judiciously for the benefit and not to the detriment of individuals, their families and society as a whole. With the initiation of the Human Genome Project in the United States, the US congress recognized the ethical dilemmas and the potential for serious societal harm from the misuse of this vastly expanded knowledge of human genetics. The congress ...

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