The module aims to provide a framework for ethical understanding of medical genomics.
Students will be provided with a platform of ethical understanding from which to consider issues of human confidentiality, autonomy, disclosure, informed consent and natural justice. Upon this platform, students will consider the impact of genomic technologies on individual lives and those of demographic and ethnic groupings. The social implications of the availability of genetic testing and screening will be considered, especially in the context of reproductive technologies. Finally students will be provided with a legal framework for patenting of genetic information as well as the use of genetic data for research, diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
Outline Of Syllabus
- Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) for genomic medicine – confidentiality, autonomy, disclosure, informed consent, natural justice
- Effects of opportunistic predictive, incidental or uncertain-significance results
- Impact of genomic testing on individuals, and demographic and ethnic differences
- Social implications of genetic testing and screening, particularly in the context of human reproduction
- Legal aspects of genomic information in relation to diagnostic, therapeutic, and research use and patenting of genomic information and tests
- Obtaining ethical approval for research projects
- Specific ELSI issues as applied to clinical pathways.