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Abstract

With the mapping of the Human Genome and increasing interest in genetic testing and therapies, the potential for ethical problems has increased. Nursing and medicine have the ethical responsibility to “do no harm” and to protect the privacy of clients. However, our clients may also be family members and descendants of those we care for. The purpose of this article is to discuss issues related to genetic privacy using a deontological approach and to outline methods to protect clients and research participants.

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