Predictive Genetic Testing in Asia: Social Science Perspectives on the Bioethics of Choice
For some time now bioethics has been dominated by legal and philosophical perspectives and this has limited our understanding of the issues involved in the application of newly developed biomedical technologies. Our approach emphasises the need for empirical research, theory and method from the social sciences when dealing with bioethical issues. This special symposium introduces and provides examples of social-science approaches to practices of predictive genetic testing in Asia. It aims to show that without adequate insight into the unintended socio-economic consequences of government policies and regulation, and without awareness of socio-political inequalities across national borders, even the most superior bioethical policies are of no avail to lives of the genetically unfortunate, in any cultural context.
It is now possible to conduct predictive testing for a range of monogenetic disorders such as Down’s syndrome and Huntington’s chorea. As a result of ongoing...
KeywordsBioethics Predictive testing Social science
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