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Your Private DNA (02:24)


DNA samples given today can theoretically be used in the future to reveal everything there is to know about a person's genetic makeup. Privacy issues pose complicated ethical questions regarding genetic testing.

Genetic Counseling Can Save Lives (04:15)

It is rare but possible for there to be a genetic cause for cancer. Genetic counseling and testing can provide potentially life-saving information for someone who may have an increased risk for developing cancer.

Genetic Counseling Can Jeopardize Health Insurance and Jobs (03:14)

Genetic counseling and testing can help save the life of someone at high risk for developing cancer. It may also jeopardize the person's health insurance and job.

Genetic Predisposition to Disease: Who Should Know? (05:10)

If an individual learns of a genetic predisposition for developing a serious illness, who else should be informed? Panelists debate ethical issues associated with genetic testing.

Medical Records are Legal Documents (02:18)

Medical records are legal documents. A patient who wants results of a genetic test destroyed will probably not convince a doctor to do so.

Effects of Genetic Testing on Relationships and Family Planning (03:44)

The results of genetic testing can influence feelings about relationships and having children. How those results influence an individual or couple depends very much on the attitudes and values of the people involved.

Genetic Screening of Adoptable Children (09:57)

Is genetic screening appropriate for adoptable children? Should results of those tests be shared with potential adoptive parents? A panel debates the ethics of adoption and genetic screening.

Genetic Screening of Government Officials (06:50)

Does the public have the right to know if public officials have genetic predispositions for certain diseases? Panelists role play a situation in which a journalist must decide whether to disclose the genetic information of a Supreme Court nominee.

Genetic Screening of Job Candidates (08:47)

Should genetic screening be part of the interview process? Panelists debate privacy issues, business ethics, and medical ethics relevant to genetic screening of prospective employees.

Genetic Screening and Custody Disputes (05:01)

Is the genetic makeup of parents, especially an increased risk of serious illness, relevant to the legal resolution of custody disputes? Panelists debate ethical issues associated with the health of parents involved in custody battles.

Consensus on Genetics and Privacy Issues (02:14)

The issues surrounding genetic testing are numerous and complex. Much discussion and debate is necessary if any kind of consensus is to be reached on how to resolve these issues.

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Who Gets to Know? Genetics and Privacy—A Fred Friendly Seminar

Part of the Series : Our Genes/Our Choices-A Fred Friendly Seminar
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When it comes to genetic testing, how much should a patient be told? If the news is bad, who else should the patient inform? And could—or should—such privileged information be made available to employers, insurance companies, and others? This Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School’s Arthur Miller offers a compelling discourse on the far-reaching ethical, social, legal, and economic implications of genetic testing. Panelists include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Nancy Wexler, president of the Hereditary Disease Foundation; Cynthia McFadden, ABC News senior legal correspondent; Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU; and Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY), sponsor of the Genetic Non-discrimination in Health Insurance and Employment Act. (58 minutes)

Length: 58 minutes

Item#: BVL30800

ISBN: 978-0-7365-5381-0

Copyright date: ©2003

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