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Genetic Discrimination
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2006 (English)In: Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, ISSN 1552-9533, Vol. 7, no 2, 639-655 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

It is clear that information about a person’s genetic make-up will make it possible to predict the development of his/her health, and perhaps also his/her behavior to some extent. We have thus reason to expect that, for instance, employers and insurance companies will want to base their decisions to hire or insure people on genetic information, and – in some cases – to require that presumptive employees or policy-holders undergo genetic testing. Some commentators argue, however, that access to genetic information on the part of such institutions may give rise to discrimination, and that individuals need legal protection against such discrimination. But in this article, I argue that although individuals may well need legal protection against access to genetic information, this is not because such access may give rise to discrimination, but because it may give rise to stigmatization or other harmful consequences. For example, a person with a genetic condition may be denied employment and/or health or life insurance precisely because of his/her genetic condition.

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Minneapolis: University of Minnesota , 2006. Vol. 7, no 2, 639-655 p.
Keyword [en]
genetics, discrimination, Rechtsstaat
National Category
Law and Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-81400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-81400DiVA: diva2:109315
Available from: 2006-08-21 Created: 2006-08-21 Last updated: 2013-10-17Bibliographically approved

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