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Establishing the offense of non-consensual genetic testing in Australia: a call for action
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 21:27 authored by Margaret OtlowskiMargaret Otlowski
A criminal offence should be created in Australia for non-consensual genetic testing. This has been recommended in several law reform inquiries due to the sensitive and personal nature of genetic information, and the real potential for harm that non-consensual genetic testing can cause. Since those recommendations were made, the potential for misuse of genetic information has increased, with new methods to easily access large quantities of genetic material and information, such as whole genome sequencing and the increasing availability of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Some countries have already created an offence of non-consensual genetic testing and their provisions are considered and compared.
Publication titleJournal of Law and Medicine
Department/SchoolFaculty of Law
Place of publicationAustralia
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