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Gender And The Human Genome

Author(s): Chadwick Ruth

Journal: Mens Sana Monographs
ISSN 0973-1229

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Biobanking; Feminist bioethics; Gender; Gene therapy; Genomics; Human genome; Nuclear and mitochondrial DNA; Nutrigenetics; Pharmacogenetics; Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Gender issues arise in relation to the human genome across a number of dimensions: the level of attention given to the nuclear genome as opposed to the mitochondrial; the level of basic scientific research; decision-making in the clinic related to both reproductive decision-making on the one hand, and diagnostic and predictive testing on the other; and wider societal implications. Feminist bioethics offers a useful perspective for addressing these issues.
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