Genetic Information: Direct to Consumers or Gatekeeping?
The author discusses Maschke’s preference of a pull approach in genetic testing and evaluates how this approach accommodates the principle of individual autonomy and privacy. Furthermore, the author touches upon the question of how individualized or personalized medicine would help or hinder equity of access to medical care--an issue the author believes to be more pressing in the developing world. In the context of poorer, developing countries, genetic technologies might be more useful if tailored to finding possible traits that occur throughout a population, rather than targeting individual differences or variations. Instead of promoting individually tailored medicine, a technology geared toward group-level customization should be developed, as this will go further towards reducing the inequality that still exists in the world today.
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