Genetic Testing and Protection of Genetic Privacy: A Comparative Legal Analysis in Europe and Australia

Sergio Romeo-Malanda, Di Nicol, M Otlowski

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    Abstract

    Progress in the field of biomedical science has made it possible to obtain greater knowledge of the human genome and the nature of genetic disorders. Thanks to these advances, doctors now have the tools to diagnose certain disorders, and to carry out genetic tests to determine increased risks of developing other illnesses and of passing them on to future generations. In addition to the classic single gene disorders (like hemophilia and sickle cell anaemia), susceptibility genes are also being identified for genetically complex diseases, including many types of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and other illnesses (House of Lords, 2009, p. 8). We can look toward a future where genetic test results are an important part of every healthy person's medical file.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGenomics and Bioethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Technologies and Advancements
    Editors Soraj Hongladarom
    Place of PublicationHershey USA
    PublisherIGI Global Publishing
    Pages235-255
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9781616928834
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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