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Human Genetics: Ethical Issues and Social Impact

  1. Neil F Sharpe1,
  2. Ronald Frederick Carter2

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005649

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Sharpe, N. F. and Carter, R. F. 2006. Human Genetics: Ethical Issues and Social Impact. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Genetic Testing Research Group, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  2. 2

    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

Abstract

Although genetic testing provides information that gives some degree of control over a potentially devastating situation, restrictive test licensing and prohibitively expensive fees may deny patients' access to genetic testing services. A comparative analysis of genetic testing for breast cancer, cystic fibrosis, hereditary hemochromatosis and Canavan disease is useful to review the social, ethical and legal implications for medical care and research.

Keywords:

  • genetic testing;
  • gene patents;
  • cystic fibrosis;
  • hereditary breast cancer;
  • hemochromatosis