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The Philosophy of Genetic Screening

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What philosophical principles should govern widespread genetic screening? Autonomy, Justice, Beneficence and Non-maleficence

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Medical ethics Medicine Medical tests Medical genetics Health Health sciences Alternatives to animal testing Genetic testing Genetic discrimination Screening Beneficence Draft:Elective genetic and genomic testing
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Medical ethics Medicine Medical tests Medical genetics Health Health sciences Alternatives to animal testing Genetic testing Genetic discrimination Screening Beneficence Draft:Elective genetic and genomic testing
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, 2003). Although there are many ethical issues with screening the masses, society has much to gain from the information it can reveal. Genetic analysis provides critical tools for medical diagnosis, but the moral implications of implementing these programs must be assessed to ensure that we can reap the benefits whilst minimising harm. Moral justification for the practice of mass genetic screening will vary depending which ethical principle is used; beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy or justice. Where there is conflict between moral values, analysis of the principles will define the ethical boundaries of this controversial technology. By acknowledging and understanding these principles, mass monitoring of genetics can be u...
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