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Incorporating the Ethical Concerns of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing in Employee Education

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2022, 25(1), pp.21-41
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2022.25.1.21
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : February 10, 2022
  • Accepted : March 20, 2022
  • Published : March 31, 2022

Park Sookyung ORD ID 1 Junga Kim ORD ID 2

1이화여자대학교
2동아대학교

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ABSTRACT

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing was legalized in Korea 2015. According to the 2020 amendment to the Bioethics and Safety Act, employees of genetic testing institutions must receive relevant training as prescribed by law, and the training should include education concerning the ethical issues raised by genetic testing. This study reviews the ethical issues associated with direct-to-consumer genetic testing from the perspectives of virtue ethics and Beauchamp and Childress’s four principles of biomedical ethics (autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice). Additionally, this article suggests contents and methodologies for the ethics component of employee education in genetic testing. Raising awareness of the ethical issues associated with direct-to-consumer genetic testing through effective employee education is expected to reduce the occurrence of ethical problems and thereby protect consumers.

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