Scientific Contribution

Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 397-405

First online:

The sense of responsibility in the context of professional activities in Medical Genetics

  • Natália Oliva-TelesAffiliated withServiço de Bioética e Ética Médica, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade do Porto (FMUP)INSA, I.P. Email author 

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Medical Genetics is a relatively new field of scientific work that involves a lot of enthusiastic professionals, both in routine (clinical) and research (scientific projects). In either field, different geneticists feel different responsibilities for their work, either because they are different people (personal responsibility) or because they have a different rank in the respective departments (professional responsibility). This paper presents the philosophical views of several authors on the sense of responsibility from the Classical times until the present and reveals the practical, daily responsibilities that are met by these professionals, in four areas of responsibility: personal, professional, scientific and sociatal framework.


Responsibility Medical Genetics Geneticists Professional ethics Human rights