Ethics and issues

Genetic discoveries and applications raise many important ethical, social and legal issues. They have far-reaching consequences that affect society and future generations. Society as a whole should continue to decide how to make the best use of the information/knowledge generated by this research.

The UK society and government already uses a variety of methods to consider issues and regulate applications of this research. For example, governmental advisory panels such as the Human Genetics Commission (HGC) consider challenges posed by new human genetic research and applications, and regulators such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) license and monitor centres that apply genetic techniques to reproductive medicine. On these pages we give some thoughts (but no answers) about some implications of genetic research.

Topics to come:

  • Screening before birth
  • Genes and patents
  • Genetics and discrimination
  • Sharing information: family matters

Where to go from here?

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