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Ethical and legal issues and the 'new genetics'


Otlowski, MFA and Williamson, R, Ethical and legal issues and the 'new genetics', The Medical Journal of Australia, 178, (11) pp. 582-585. ISSN 0025-729X (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05365.x


Although uniquely personal, the information from gene analyses impacts on parents, siblings, children and even entire ethnic groups. Doctors need to carefully balance the right of a patient to privacy against the wider family and society interests, consistent with ethical standards and their legal obligations. Doctors also need to be in a position to advise their patients of potential risks that may result from obtaining predictive genetic information, such as discrimination by third parties. While these issues are not new, they occur with new sharpness in the "new genetics", where clinicians have to be familiar not only with clinical significance, but also the ethical and legal implications of genetic analyses and information.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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)
ID Code:27716
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-05-04

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