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Genetic Test Results Spur Ethical Dilemmas

September 26, 2016

(Medscape) – Ethical considerations related to consent, privacy, and confidentiality have been upended by genetic testing, according to members of a panel who spoke during a discussion here at the European Society for Immunodeficiencies 2016 Biennial Meeting. These issues have been “blown out of the water in the context of genetics,” said panelist Simon Woods, PhD, codirector of the Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Center at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. “As soon as you start looking at one individual’s genetics, you are, by default, looking at family members’ genetics.”

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