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Otlowski, MFA and Eckstein, LG, Genetic privacy, Tensions and Traumas in Health Law, The Federation Press, I Freckelton, K Petersen (ed), Australia, pp. 283-296. ISBN 9781760021498 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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As a result of developments over the past half century in the mapping and sequencing of the human genome there is now increasing capacity to test for genetic mutations linked with specific diseases. There are different forms of genetic testing (eg, diagnostic and carrier testing). Perhaps most relevant for this chapter is predictive genetic testing of individuals whose families are affected bu a genetic disorder, to ascertain whether they have inherited the gene mutation and are therefore at risk. Whiles knowledge of predisposition to genetic risk can be psychologically burdensome, identification of a gene mutation through predictive genetic testing can facilitate surveillance, with the likelihood of detecting the onset of disease earlier, at a time when treatment is more likely to be effective.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:privacy, genetics, ethics
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Otlowski, MFA (Professor Margaret Otlowski)
UTAS Author:Eckstein, LG (Dr Lisa Eckstein)
ID Code:123021
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2017-12-11
Last Modified:2018-05-17

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