Inside the Ethics Committee – Sharing Genetic Information
16th September 2016
A genetic fault carried on a single gene can pass life-threatening disease from parent to child. What happens when you discover you carry a faulty gene? Should you tell relatives who might also carry it? Would they want to know? What if their lives, or those of their children, depended on it? And what role should doctors play in all this – does their duty of care stop with their patient, or include relatives too?
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