Genetic Ethics

The genetic revolution is changing the very nature of medicine. Advances in genetics have opened the possibility for the selection of embryos based on their genetic makeup through preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and prenatal genetic testing (PGT), as well as the altering of genes through gene therapy for the treatment of disease and the still future potential for possible human enhancement. Genetic medicine is changing how we view behavior and personal responsibility, the gift of children, and the identity and nature of human beings. Issues from this growing area of inquiry include among others adverse diagnosis and genetic counseling, privacy considerations, gene patenting, biobanking, personalized or precision medicine, genetic discrimination, and gene therapy.