Bioethics: ELSI


Bioethics is the study of ethical issues in biology and other life sciences, and in healthcare and medicine. In human genome research, bioethics provides a framework for discussion of ethical, legal and social issues, notably genetic privacy, genetic discrimination, and gene therapy (somatic and germline).

Keywords: bioethics; ELSI; gene therapy; genetic discrimination; genetic privacy; human genome project

Further Reading

Bishop JE and Waldholz M (1990) Genome. New York: Touchstone/Simon and Schuster.

Jonsen AR (1998) The Birth of Bioethics. New York: Oxford University Press.

May L, Collins‐Chobanian S and Wong K (1998) Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach, 2nd edn. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Rothstein MA (ed.) (1997) Genetic Secrets: Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality in the Genetic Era. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Veatch RM (ed.) (1989) Cross Cultural Perspectives in Medical Ethics: Readings. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Walters L and Palmer JG (1997) The Ethics of Human Gene Therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Connell, Susan(May 2001) Bioethics: ELSI. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001902]