Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1208982
 
 

References (55)



 


 



Genetic Testing and the Future of Disability Insurance: Thinking About Discrimination in the Genetic Age


Paul Steven Miller


University of Washington School of Law

June 2007

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics : A Journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 47-51, January 2007

Abstract:     
The potential for genetic discrimination is no longer science fiction. As the cost of genetic testing decreases and the practice becomes more commonplace, Miller argues that genetic profiles should remain in the control of the individual and never be used to violate fundamental human rights. The misuse and misappropriation of science has a long and continued history, and the past lessons of eugenics have taught that those poised to profit from the profound and estimable benefits of the genetic revolution must be keenly aware of the myriad ethical and policy concerns that accompany this new scientific frontier. Though federal genetic discrimination legislation is pending, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers individuals protection against genetic employment discrimination under the “individuals regarded as having impairments” prong of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additionally, thirty-four states have enacted laws that prohibit the use of genetic information in the workplace. Miller argues that these, and additional legal protections are essential so that scientific breakthroughs may be realized without the threat of societal abuse.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: genetic testing, Americans with Disabilities Act, genetic profiling, genetic discrimination, bioethics, genetics

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: October 24, 2009  

Suggested Citation

Miller, Paul Steven, Genetic Testing and the Future of Disability Insurance: Thinking About Discrimination in the Genetic Age (June 2007). The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics : A Journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 47-51, January 2007 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1208982

Contact Information

Paul Steven Miller (Contact Author)
University of Washington School of Law ( email )
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States
206-616-3137 (Phone)
206-543-2164 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.washington.edu/Directory/Profile.aspx?ID=148

Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 445
Downloads: 71
Download Rank: 192,659
References:  55

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo3 in 0.562 seconds