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The Neuroethics of Biomarkers
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The Neuroethics of Biomarkers: What the Development of Bioprediction Means for Moral Responsibility, Justice, and the Nature of Mental Disorder

Matthew L. Baum


In pursuit of preventive medicine, neuroscientists are mining nucleic acids, blood, saliva, and brain images to uncover biomarkers to estimate risk of brain disorders like psychosis and dementia. Though this science is young, the prospect of bioprediction is elevating controversy about how (or whether) to integrate its imperfect probabilistic information into clinics, courtrooms, or legislatures. Medicine, law, and policy, after all, have protocols for the presence of disorders, not the risk of them. This book raises the idea that biomarkers seem problematic because they reveal the extent to w ... More

Keywords: biomarkers, bioprediction, neuroethics, moral responsibility, legal responsibility, risk, disorder, distributive justice, neuroscience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190236267
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190236267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew L. Baum, author