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J Bioeth Inq. 2011 Mar 1;8(1):27-34.

Psychiatric molecular genetics and the ethics of social promises.

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Departments of Psychiatry & Clinical Sciences, Program in Ethics in Science & Medicine, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75390-9070.

Abstract

A recent literature review of commentaries and 'state of the art' articles from researchers in psychiatric genetics (PMG) offers a consensus about progress in the science of genetics, disappointments in the discovery of new and effective treatments, and a general optimism about the future of the field. I argue that optimism for the field of psychiatric molecular genetics (PMG) is overwrought, and consider progress in the field in reference to a sample estimate of US National Institute of Mental Health funding for this paradigm for the years 2008 and 2009. I conclude that the amounts of financial investment in PMG is questionable from an ethical perspective, given other research and clinical needs in the USA.

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