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Genetic testing and protection of genetic privacy: A comparative legal analysis in Europe and Australia


Romeo-Malanda, S and Nicol, D and Otlowski, M, Genetic testing and protection of genetic privacy: A comparative legal analysis in Europe and Australia, Genomics and Bioethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Technologies and Advancements, IGI Global, S Hongladarom (ed), Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 235-255. ISBN 978-1-61692-883-4 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2011 IGI Global

DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-61692-883-4.ch016


Progress in the field of biomedical science has made it possible to obtain greater knowledge of the human genome and the nature of genetic disorders. Thanks to these advances, doctors now have the tools to diagnose certain disorders, and to carry out genetic tests to determine increased risks of developing other illnesses and of passing them on to future generations. In addition to the classic single gene disorders (like hemophilia and sickle cell anaemia), susceptibility genes are also being identified for genetically complex diseases, including many types of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and other illnesses (House of Lords, 2009, p. 8). We can look toward a future where genetic test results are an important part of every healthy person's medical file. © 2011, IGI Global.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
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:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
UTAS Author:Otlowski, M (Professor Margaret Otlowski)
ID Code:66334
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2011-01-13
Last Modified:2014-05-30

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