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Exploring the Concept of Genetic Discrimination


Otlowski, MFA, Exploring the Concept of Genetic Discrimination, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2, (3) pp. 165-176. ISSN 1176-7529 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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The issue of genetic discrimination has attracted growing attention and has been the focus of a recent major Australian inquiry. It is, however, a complex and loaded notion, open to interpretation. This paper explores the concept of genetic discrimination in both its theoretical and practical dimensions. It examines its conceptual underpinnings, how it is understood, and how this understanding fits within the legal framework of disability discrimination. The paper also examines the phenomenon in practice, including the ‘fear factor’ and the resulting implications for the development of regulatory policy. The paper argues that we need to be discerning in our interpretation of this term, and differentiate between discriminatory conduct which is legal and illegal. Further, it is argued that a concerted societal response to the ‘problem’ of genetic discrimination is needed involving targeted legal reforms as well as broader non-legal strategies.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Genetic discrimination - genetic status - disability discrimination - genetic equity - fairness
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:37745
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-14
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