Medical profiling and online medicine: the ethics of 'personalised healthcare' in a consumer age
New developments in medical profiling and online medicine are promised by their providers as leading to a new era of ‘personalised healthcare’.
These developments include direct-to-consumer personal genetic profiling and body imaging, and websites that provide health advice, storage of health records and medicines for sale. This report weighs up the benefits and harms, along with the ethical values that come into play.
The forensic use of bioinformation: ethical issues
Fingerprinting and DNA profiling are valuable tools in the fight against crime, but there is a debate about whether police powers to keep people’s details on record are justified.
This report uses the principle of proportionality as a basis for recommendations in a number of areas including the use of the National DNA Database.
Genetics and human behaviour: the ethical context
Research is exploring how genes and the environment influence behavioural traits such as aggression, anxiety, intelligence and sexual orientation.
This report addresses concerns over how this information could be used to try to predict, change or select such traits.
The ethics of patenting DNA: a discussion paper
Thousands of patents for DNA sequences have been granted.
This report considers whether the DNA patent system is achieving its aims of stimulating innovation for the public good, and rewarding people for useful new inventions.
Genetically modified crops: the ethical and social issues
The Council set up a Working Party in 1998 to consider the ethical, social, and regulatory issues raised by the genetic modification of crops, several years before this became the topic of fierce public debate.
The final report, published in 1999, considers aspects of environmental protection, food safety and consumer choice. A follow-up discussion paper The use of GM crops in developing countries was published in 2003.
Mental disorders and genetics: the ethical context
Research into the genetics of mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and depression, may help diagnosis and treatment.
This report considers the ethical concerns raised, for example, around reproductive decisions and stigma.
Personalised healthcareMedical profiling and online medicine: the ethics of 'personalised healthcare' in a consumer age
BioinformationThe forensic use of bioinformation: ethical issues
Genetics and behaviourGenetics and human behaviour: the ethical context
Patenting DNAThe ethics of patenting DNA: a discussion paper
GM cropsGenetically modified crops: the ethical and social issues
Mental disordersMental disorders and genetics: the ethical context
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