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Genetic Research & COMMUNAL NARRATIVES

Authors

  • DENA S. DAVIS

    1. Dena S. Davis is professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland State University) and special professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University.
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Abstract

The risks and benefits of genetic research extend beyond individual subjects. Genetic research can also affect the communities to which the subjects belong, by rewriting the narratives and reconfiguring the identities that members of the community share and live by. These far-ranging effects raise special concerns for obtaining informed consent, for which there is no simple solution.

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