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Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Human Genome Research

Henry T. Greely
Annual Review of Anthropology
Vol. 27 (1998), pp. 473-502
Published by: Annual Reviews
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/223380
Page Count: 30
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Abstract

In the past several decades, biological sciences have been revolutionized by their increased understanding of how life works at the molecular level. In what ways, and to what extent, will this scientific revolution affect the human societies within which the science is situated? The legal, ethical, and social implications of research in human genetics have been discussed in depth, particularly in the context of the Human Genome Project and, to a lesser extent, the proposed Human Genome Diversity Project. Both projects could have significant effects on society, the former largely at the level of individuals or families and the latter primarily at the level of ethnic groups or nations. These effects can be grouped in six broad categories: identity, prediction, history, manipulation, ownership and control, and destiny.

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