Journal article

Why genomics researchers are sometimes morally required to hunt for secondary findings

Julian J Koplin, Julian Savulescu, Danya F Vears

BMC MEDICAL ETHICS | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Genomic research can reveal 'unsolicited' or 'incidental' findings that are of potential health or reproductive significance to participants. It is widely thought that researchers have a moral obligation, grounded in the duty of easy rescue, to return certain kinds of unsolicited findings to research participants. It is less widely thought that researchers have a moral obligation to actively look for health-related findings (for example, by conducting additional analyses to search for findings outside the scope of the research question). MAIN TEXT: This paper examines whether there is a moral obligation, grounded in the duty of easy rescue, to actively hunt for genomic secondary ..

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