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.
Does genetic exceptionalism advice extend the patient's zone of privacy to include potentially affected relatives?
Also, Martin, Hopkins, Nightingale, and Kraft show in their empirical analysis of pharmaceutical and genomic companies that genomics has had far less effect on pharmaceutical practices than originally expected, making an important contribution to the argument against genetic exceptionalism.
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
12) The genetic exceptionalism has lead to the recognition of a moral right to genetic privacy.
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.
This singling out of genetic information for special protection seems to indicate an exceptionally powerful amount or type of knowledge--hence, 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.
For example, they may draw upon the fact that the populace at large has thoroughly bought into genetic exceptionalism.