Molecular testing: Ethical and legal issues

Kimberly A. Quaid

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The possibility of genetic testing raises a number of ethical and legal issues. In general, the ethical principles of respect for individuals, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice can be used to navigate the difficult cases that may arise in the context of genetic testing including the need for informed consent, protections of privacy and confidentiality, and whether there exist duties to warn patients or to recontact them. In this chapter, we discuss the use of ethical principles as a source of guidelines for moral behavior including the testing of children for late-onset disease as well as legal issues that have arisen in molecular testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMolecular Genetic Pathology
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781461448006
ISBN (Print)1461447992, 9781461447993
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Quaid, K. A. (2013). Molecular testing: Ethical and legal issues. In Molecular Genetic Pathology: Second Edition (Vol. 9781461448006, pp. 1083-1090). Springer New York.