Problems in Genetic Screening which Confront the Law

  • Harvey L. Levy


Before outlining those aspects of genetic screening that may confront established and accepted modes of medical behavior as well as actual laws, it is important to review genetic screening as it is currently practiced and as it has arisen. This discussion will be confined to that screening for genetic disorders conducted routinely either on a specific age group (such as newborns) within an entire population or on a certain ethnic segment of a population. In fact, it is this type of “wholesale” testing that is usually considered to be genetic screening rather than the original type of selective testing for genetic disorders that is confined to small groups of individuals, such as those in schools for the mentally retarded or those who are admitted to hospitals.


Genetic Screening Acid Disorder Bacterial Assay Orotic Aciduria Sachs Disease 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harvey L. Levy
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Massachusetts Dept. Public HealthState Laboratory InstituteUSA
  2. 2.Neurology Service and the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. LaboratoriesMassachusetts General HospitalUSA
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyHarvard Medical SchoolUSA

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