Human Genetics & Genomics

Genetics and Genomics research can help us understand the molecular causes of disease. Technologies to sequence or edit DNA can become powerful tools to diagnose and treat diseases, yet they also raise important ethical, legal and social issues.

Join our public consultation on 11-25 January!

New technologies challenge our notions of what is ethical. The SIENNA project has developed stakeholder informed proposals for the ethical development, deployment and use of new and emerging technologies. Between 11-25 January we invite you to a public consultation of a group of documents with concrete ethical guidance for human genetics and genomics, human enhancement, artificial intelligence and robotics! Patient or carer? Don't miss the opportunity to join a webinar on our proposal for operational guidance for ethics self-assessment of reserach in genetics and genomics on 18 January!  

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Genetics and Genomics: Impact on society

New and improved technologies for genetic and genomic research are slowly making their way from research to patients and consumers. This raises ethical, legal and social questions for both individuals and society.

New technologies such as next generation sequencing make it possible to test individuals and screen large populations more efficiently. Genetic testing for screening (e.g. carrier or newborn screening), or treatment guidance (pharmacogenomics), as well as genetic tools for DNA editing may have important social and economic impact. The SIENNA project looks at the ethical, legal and social issues related to the use of these new technologies in research and in the clinic.

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