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Journal of Laboratory Medicine

Official Journal of the German Society of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Schuff-Werner, Peter

Ed. by Ahmad-Nejad, Parviz / Bidlingmaier, Martin / Bietenbeck, Andreas / Conrad, Karsten / Findeisen, Peter / Fraunberger, Peter / Ghebremedhin, Beniam / Holdenrieder, Stefan / Kiehntopf, Michael / Klein, Hanns-Georg / Kohse, Klaus P. / Kratzsch, Jürgen / Luppa, Peter B. / Meyer, Alexander von / Nebe, Carl Thomas / Orth, Matthias / Röhrig-Herzog, Gabriele / Sack, Ulrich / Steimer, Werner / Weber, Thomas / Wieland, Eberhard / Winter, Christof / Zettl, Uwe K.

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Volume 32, Issue 5


Regulatory approaches for genetic tests and the increase of the individualised genetic knowledge1

Michael Fuchs
Published Online: 2008-10-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JLM.2008.045et


In the USA, discrimination due to genetic information is prohibited by law. The German Federal Government undertook a step with the key points for a gene diagnostics law for legal regulation. The article presents possible starting points of an adjustment in particular for predictive genetic tests. In addition, it analyses what may be implemented in Germany and the USA and asks for suitability and consistency. A further requirement of an altogether desirable law is its practicability and enforceability.

Keywords: discrimination; genetic exceptionalism; health purposes; physician proviso; predictive genetic tests; prognosis

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Correspondence: Dr. Phil. Michael Fuchs, Institute for Science and Ethics, Bonner Talweg 57, D-53113 Bonn, Germany Tel.: +49 (0228) 3364-1920 Fax: +49 (0228) 3364-1950

Published Online: 2008-10-24

Published in Print: 2008-09-01

Citation Information: LaboratoriumsMedizin, Volume 32, Issue 5, Pages -–-, ISSN (Online) 1439-0477, ISSN (Print) 0342-3026, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JLM.2008.045et.

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