Applications of Behavioural Genetics: Outpacing the Science?

Nature Reviews Genetics, Vol. 6, pp. 793-798, 2005

6 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2009

See all articles by Mark A. Rothstein

Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: October 1, 2005

Abstract

Human behavioural genetics is an established research discipline of the genomic age, and applications for the behavioural genetic information are most likely to emerge in areas such as criminal justice, education, employment, and insurance. However, behavioural genetic research into personality traits and antisocial behaviour poses several risks; for example, tentative or preliminary research findings might be misused in legal and commercial settings. Scientific caution, public and media education, expert consultation and confidentiality protection are essential for the responsible use of behavioural genetics.

Keywords: behavioral genetics, genomics, mental disorders, addiction, personality, genetic testing, criminal law

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Applications of Behavioural Genetics: Outpacing the Science? (October 1, 2005). Nature Reviews Genetics, Vol. 6, pp. 793-798, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1515954

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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