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Genetic Disease, Government, and Social Justice

  • Jessica G. Davis

Abstract

A series of critical discoveries in biochemical, cellular, and molecular biology, coupled with an array of innovative technologies, inaugurated the “golden age of medical genetics” in the 1950s. A cascade of brand-new genetic information and techniques followed. Many of these discoveries had immediate and direct clinical application, leading to an expansion of diagnostic treatment and counseling capabilities. Comprehensive genetic service and screening programs began to be organized and implemented. These programs were designed to meet the needs of an ever-increasing number of individuals and their familes that had or were at risk for genetic disease or birth defects. Public interest and expectations grew, reinforced by the information media’s unprecendented coverage of all aspects of medical genetics.

Keywords

Genetic Program Maternal Child Health Genetic Service Rapid Communication Fiscal Year 
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© Aubrey Milunsky and George J. Annas 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica G. Davis
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell University College of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.North Shore University HospitalManhassetUSA

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