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Medical LawText, Cases, and Materials

Medical Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (5th edn)

Emily Jackson
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date: 21 March 2023

p. 4709. Genetic Informationlocked

p. 4709. Genetic Informationlocked

  • Emily JacksonEmily JacksonProfessor of Law, London School of Economics


All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter examines the regulation of access to genetic information. It first discusses various third parties’ interests in genetic test results and DNA profiles, and the extent to which genetic privacy is protected by the law. The chapter then considers the issue of whether genetic discrimination should be treated in the same way as other illegitimate discriminatory practices and also discusses recent developments in the field of genetics, namely direct-to-consumer genetic testing and pharmacogenetics.

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