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Codes of Ethics for Genetics Professionals

  1. Rachel Wurzman,
  2. Kevin FitzGerald

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005589.pub2



How to Cite

Wurzman, R. and FitzGerald, K. 2008. Codes of Ethics for Genetics Professionals. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

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Codes of ethics in genetics exist but need further development to keep pace with the rapid evolution of Genetic Technology. Government involvement in regulating genetics must be accompanied by professional codes of ethics to adequately protect users of this knowledge.


  • ethics;
  • code of ethics;
  • genetics professional;
  • genetics counsellor;
  • principles of ethics