Effects of gene analysis on individuals and society

This study addresses the most controversial applications of modern biotechnology – gene analysis.

At present it is only used to examine a few rare hereditary diseases and as a genetic tool in family planning consultancy. As the possibilities offered by gene technology are only being exploited to a limited extent, there are few problems at present. The situation would quickly change if screening tests were carried out routinely, as this would inevitably cause capacity and quality problems for consultants. Difficulties would arise if the techniques were to progress to an extent that common diseases and behavioural characteristics could be recognised on the basis of genetic structure. This would raise complex and in some cases unresolvable questions concerning the use to which this information might be put by employers, insurance companies, etc. It might also change society's attitude to the disabled or even give rise to a resurgence of eugenistic tendencies.

Publikationen

Publikationen

  • Wild, C. (1997). „Damit kann man leben„ – Selbsthilfegruppen genetisch Erkrankter und Betroffener berichten. Gid/ Gen-Ethischer Informationsdienst.
  • Wild, C., & Mikl, M. (1996). Humangenetik in Österreich: individuelle und gesellschaftliche Auswirkungen genanalytischer Untersuchungen. Journal Für Sozialforschung, 87-108.
  • Wild, C., & Mikl, M. (1996). Humangenetik in Österreich: Chancen und Risken. Soziale Technik, 6-8.
  • Mikl, M., Wild, C., & Torgersen, H. (1995). Individuelle und gesellschaftliche Auswirkungen genanalytischerUntersuchungen, Projektbericht, ITA, Wien (p. 160 Seiten).
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Konferenzbeiträge/Vorträge

Konferenzbeiträge/Vorträge

  • 04/05/2000
    Helge Torgersen: 
    The Resonance Model of Policy Making in Biotechnology
    Joint Workshop on Life Sciences in the European Public and European Debates on Biotechnology, 4.-8.5., Lisbon, Portugal
    Other Lecture
  • 25/01/2000
    Helge Torgersen: 
    Partizipative TA: Österreich ist nicht Norwegen
    Reihe GENug gestritten. Vortrag an der ÖH der Uni Graz und IFZ
    Other Lecture
  • 15/11/1996
    Helge Torgersen,  Claudia Wild: 
    Genanalytische Untersuchungen in Österreich – individuelle und gesellschaftliche Auswirkungen
    Poster auf der Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Humangenetik, November, Wien
    Other Lecture
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Duration

01/1995 - 12/1995