Genetic testing unlocks secrets that used to be unknowable. They can be used to identify parentage; they can be used to predict illness and death. But what happens if this information gets into the wrong hands—or is withheld from the people who need it most?
Does a potential spouse have the right to know that her husband-to-be will likely be dead before the age of fifty of an illness that does not yet have any external symptoms?
And as keeper of the “code,” what is the role of the doctor in all this? When must patient confidentiality be upheld and when must it be set aside?
We’ll talk about this during our last lesson of Medicine and Morals at the new Jewish Learning Centre!