collins_genomicsNature2003

Decisions about research in this area are often best

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Unformatted text preview: tions that there may be to traits and behaviours. The field of genomics has a responsibility to consider the social implications of research into the genetic contributions to traits and behaviours, perhaps an even greater responsibility than in other areas where there is less of a history of misunderstanding and stigmatization. Decisions about research in this area are often best made with input from a diverse group of individuals and organizations. Grand Challenge III-4 A s s e s s h o w t o d e f i n e t h e e t h i c a l b o u n d a ri e s f o r u s e s o f g e no mic s Genetics and genomics can contribute understanding to many areas of biology, health and life. Some of these human applications are controversial, with some members of the public questioning the propriety of their scientific exploration. Although freedom of scientific inquiry has been a cardinal feature of human progress, it is not unbounded. It is important for society to define the appropriate and inappropriate uses of genomics. Conversations T h e t i...
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