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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Integrating Genetics into Public Health Policy and Practice

Integrating Genetics into Public Health Policy and Practice

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(p.323) Chapter 13 Integrating Genetics into Public Health Policy and Practice
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Law in Public Health Practice
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Ellen Wright Clayton

Mark A. Rothstein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.003.0013

This chapter explores the complex patchwork of federal and state laws applicable to the evolving relation between genetics and public health practice. It focuses on two major genetics-associated challenges for public health law and public health agencies at all levels. The first challenge involves the ability of the medical and public health sectors to assess the effect of genetic variation on health—a task made more difficult by tensions between the government's need for information and the public's concerns about privacy, confidentiality, and discrimination. The second challenge is ensuring the appropriate translation of genetic discoveries into the clinical setting.

Keywords:   public health practice, public health law, federal law, state law, public health agencies

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