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Religious and spiritual issues in medical genetics

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  • Joseph B. Fanning Ph.D.,

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    • Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2525 West End Ave., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37203.
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    • Joseph B. Fanning, Ph.D., is a research fellow at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University. His academic training is in religious studies with degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt University. His research interests include understanding the ways spirituality and religion influence the practice of medicine.

  • Ellen Wright Clayton

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    • Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D. is the Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of Genetics and Health Policy, Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Law, and Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University. She has been interested in issues surrounding the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genetics and genomics for many years as both a scholar and a policy consultant.


  • How to cite this article: Fanning JB, Clayton EW. 2009. Religious and spiritual issues in medical genetics. Am J Med Genet Part C Semin Med Genet 151C:1–5.

Abstract

This article provides an overview of a special issue on the religious and spiritual concerns that arise in the provision of genetic services. It introduces some of the challenges in defining religion and spirituality and provides contexts and summaries for the empirical and normative research that appears in the issue. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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