Genetics, Choice and Society

  • John Fletcher


I have been asked by the organizers of the panel to estimate some of the long-term effects of genetic proposals on society while paying particular attention to the welfare and rights of individuals. Accepting this task thrust me into the midst of the tensions between the claims of society and the claims of individual rights.


Genetic Counseling Sickle Cell Anemia Prenatal Diagnosis Genetic Knowledge Genetic Intervention 
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    New York State, Chapter 994, Section 13, Sessim Law 1972.Google Scholar
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    Regulation No. 72–9. District of Columbia City Council, May 3, 1972.Google Scholar
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Fletcher
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  1. 1.Interfaith Metropolitan Theological Education, Inc.USA

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