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Annu Rev Public Health. 2004;25:139-53.

Genetic testing in the workplace: ethical, legal, and social implications.

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Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA. pwb1@columbia.edu

Abstract

With the completion of the Human Genome Project, it is likely that genetic testing for susceptibility to a wide range of diseases will increase in society. One venue for such increased testing is likely to be the workplace as employers attempt to protect workers from unhealthy gene-environment interactions, improve productivity, and control escalating health care costs. Past and recent examples of genetic testing in the workplace raise serious concerns that such testing could pose a significant threat to workers' privacy, autonomy, and dignity. Thus, defining the ethically, legally, and socially appropriate and inappropriate uses of genetic testing in the workplace presents a major challenge for occupational health professionals in the years ahead.

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