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Genetically Transformed Healthcare: Healthy Children and Parents

  • Enzo A. Palombo
  • Mrinal Bhave
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 30)

Recent developments in the fields of molecular biology and genetics have led to great advances in our understanding of how our genetic material, DNA, controls and determines our individual characteristics. With increasing awareness of the benefits that these developments will bring, particularly improved and novel medical treatments, there is no doubt that there will be positive impacts on the healthcare of adults and children. We must, nonetheless, be conscious of the fact that society is concerned about the ethical implications of some aspects of these technologies. In particular, rapid developments in the areas of genetic screening, cloning, and other reproductive technologies have the capacity to bring amazing outcomes, but they are also capable of dividing society. This review will examine the areas of genetic screening, genetic counselling, and related ethical, legal, and social issues from the Australian perspective.

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Genetic Testing Genetic Counselling Down Syndrome Life Insurance Genetic Screening 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enzo A. Palombo
    • 1
  • Mrinal Bhave
    • 2
  1. 1.Environment and Biotechnology CentreSwinburne University of TechnologyVICAustralia
  2. 2.Life and Social SciencesSwinburne University of TechnologyVICAustralia

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