AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. August 2012, Volume 14, Number 8.

Ethics Poll

It's Your Genome

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

A person's genetic test results contain information that may apply to other members of his or her family. If the findings suggest that a family member may be at risk for an illness or disease, physicians encourage the patient to inform those relatives so they, too, can be tested. Which of the following statements best describes how you would feel about a family member's genetic information that might affect you?
If blood and other tissue samples collected with the donors’ consent for specific genetic research are deidentified from the donor and "biobanked," future researchers need not re-obtain consent to use them for new research, even if the new research objective is not consistent with the donor's original intent. Which of the following statements best describes your feeling about use of donor's tissue for genetic research?