Medical Genetics - Ethical, Legal and Social Implications

Ethical, Legal and Social Implications

Genetic information provides a unique type of knowledge about an individual and his/her family, fundamentally different than a typically laboratory test that provides a "snapshot" of an individual's health status. The unique status of genetic information and inherited disease has a number of ramifications with regard to ethical, legal, and societal concerns.

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