Ethicolegal Aspects of Cancer Genetics

Clinical Genetics Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021, USA.
Cancer treatment and research 01/2010; 155:1-14. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-6033-7_1
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In the wake of efficacious preventive interventions based on hereditary cancer risk assessment, a number of ethical and legal challenges have emerged. These include issues such as appropriate testing of children and embryos, the "duty to warn" relatives about familial risk, reproductive genetic testing, the risk of genetic discrimination, and equitable access to testing. These and other issues will be discussed within the framework of a bioethical model, with reference to recent case law.

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