The genetic revolution: New ethical issues for obstetrics and gynaecology

Karen Adams, Joanna M. Cain

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The genomic revolution inherently changes the paradigms that have informed the interactions between patient and physician. These changes obligate physicians both to continually learn about the advances occurring in genetic testing and to review their interactions in light of the changing ethical issues these advances uncover. Particular areas for concern are the use of genetic testing for predisposition genes. The issues differ between uses for adults, for children and for pre-implantation genetics. Furthermore, there are issues of justice raised by limited access to these technologies, research confidentiality, potential discrimination and the meaning of individuality in an era of potential genetic cloning. These changes require obstetrician/ gynaecologists to advocate for the best interests of both their patients and those who may not be able to voice their interests, for example children-to-be and research subjects in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-756
Number of pages12
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2002


  • Cloning
  • Genetic testing
  • Medical ethics
  • Pre-implantation genetic testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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