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Hastings Cent Rep. 1989 Jul-Aug;19(4):19-21.

Who's afraid of the human genome?

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Boston University School of Medicine.



Annas raises questions about the scientific community's enthusiastic endorsement of the international initiative to map the human genome. Emphasis is being placed on the anticipated benefits from the project, with little or no serious attention being paid to the social consequences. Annas identifies several areas of legal and ethical concern arising from the ability to implement routine and widespread genetic screening of embryos and individuals, and from the commodification of genetically-determined human characteristics through reproductive technologies. He argues that the human genome project has been overhyped and oversold, that the legal and ethical issues posed by the project are real and unappreciated, and that the dangers as well as the opportunities should be rigorously and publicly explored.

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