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Genetics and the Transformation of the Personal

Monash University Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 296-314, 2009

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/53

Posted: 20 May 2010  

Belinda Bennett

Queensland University of Technology

Date Written: May 19, 2010

Abstract

The shared nature of genetic information presents new challenges for legal understandings of the self. Within traditional legal discourses the individual is conceptualised as separate and autonomous. In contrast, the genetic individual is understood as inherently relational. This paper analyses the transformation of our understandings of the personal. The transformative processes are assessed through discussion of the changing meanings of privacy in the context of genetic information within families; changing views over access to information about biological parentage by children conceived through assisted reproductive technology; and preimplantation genetic diagnosis and the changing context of reproductive decision-making.

Keywords: health law, genetics, reproductive technology, privacy

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Bennett, Belinda, Genetics and the Transformation of the Personal (May 19, 2010). Monash University Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 296-314, 2009; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/53. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1612066

Belinda Bennett (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

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