Harm, hype and evidence: ELSI research and policy guidance

Timothy Caulfield, Subhashini Chandrasekharan, Yann Joly, Robert Cook-Deegan

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    There has been much investment in research on the ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) associated with genetic and genomic research. This research should inform the development of the relevant policy. So far, much of the relevant policy - such as in the areas of patents, genetic testing and genetic discrimination - seems to be informed more by speculation of harm and anecdote than by available evidence. Although a quest for evidence cannot always be allowed to delay policy choice, it seems axiomatic to us that policy options are improved by the incorporation of evidence.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number21
    JournalGenome Medicine
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Mar 26 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Molecular Medicine
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics
    • Genetics(clinical)

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