Journal Article

Ethical issues in medical-sequencing research: implications of genotype–phenotype studies for individuals and populations

Morris W. Foster and Richard R. Sharp

in Human Molecular Genetics

Volume 15, issue suppl_1, pages R45-R49
Published in print April 2006 | ISSN: 0964-6906
Published online April 2006 | e-ISSN: 1460-2083 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hmg/ddl049
Ethical issues in medical-sequencing research: implications of genotype–phenotype studies for individuals and populations

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Advances and declining costs in sequencing technology will result in increasing number of studies with individual sequence data linked to phenotypic information, which has been dubbed medical sequencing. At least some of this linked information will be publicly available. Medical sequencing raises ethical issues for both individuals and populations, including data release and identifiability, adequacy of consent, reporting research results, stereotyping and stigmatization, inclusion and differential benefit and culturally and community-specific concerns. Those issues are reviewed, along with possible solutions to them.

Journal Article.  3475 words. 

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics

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