genetic exceptionalism


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genetic exceptionalism

The unique privacy protections given by law to test results that identify genetic traits or diseases in an individual. The granting of special privacy status to genetic test results as opposed to other health care information is felt by some legal scholars to be necessary to avoid potential discrimination against the bearers of some genetic traits or illnesses.
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Such privacy regulations will needlessly reinforce unscientific notions of genetic exceptionalism among the public.
David Clark, Genetic Exceptionalism and Paternalism Themes in New German Legislation, GENOMICS L.
Genetic exceptionalism is "the belief that genetic information is qualitatively different from other forms of personal or medical information.
Rothstein, Genetic Exceptionalism & Legislative Pragmatism, HASTINGS CTR.
See Rothstein, Genetic Exceptionalism, supra note 108, at 28-29 (arguing "genetic" is difficult to define because most definitions are either too narrow or too broad).
Murray, Genetic Exceptionalism and "Future Diaries": Is Genetic Information Different from other Medical Information?
a result of genetic exceptionalism, laws and policies around the world
Therein, genetic information is being considered as part of the entire spectrum of all health information and not a separate category as such, in the sense of genetic exceptionalism.
The advocates of genetic exceptionalism (a position that considers genetic information as different from other types of health information and warranting special treatment) have advanced various reasons in support of their position.
Finally, by treating genetic information differently from other types of medical information, doesn't the French legislature risk reinforcing genetic exceptionalism and effectively increasing the social stigmatization of at-risk individuals?
For example, they may draw upon the fact that the populace at large has thoroughly bought into genetic exceptionalism.