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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsHello. I'm Dr. Shereen Tadros. And I'll be your lead educator for week 5. Who owns your genome? Are we guilty of creating designer babies? Is it ever OK not to share bad news? These are the kinds of questions that the new era of genomic medicine is generating-- questions that are not only highly relevant for us as health-care professionals but also regularly capture the attention of the media. We'll start by reviewing Beauchamp and Childress's four principles of biomedical ethics, as these are fundamental to understanding the basis of ethical decision-making in medicine. We'll then focus on genomic medicine and the ways in which the advances in technology have introduced new ethical and legal considerations.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 secondsWe'll listen to experts debating the difficult issue of incidental findings. And we'll hear from a patient about his own experience of presymptomatic testing. Throughout this week, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to discussions and give your own opinions. We hope that the material in this week will give you real food for thought and inform your own clinical practise.

Welcome to Week 5

Dr Shereen Tadros introduces the final week of The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine and introduces the ethical issues we will be discussing.

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect upon how the four principles of medical ethics relate to genomic medicine.
  2. Explore and debate the challenges involved in accurate and effective communication in genomics.
  3. Recognise the potential ethical and legal implications that are presented by the new era of genomics.

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This video is from the free online course:

The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine

St George's, University of London

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Welcome to Week 1
    Welcome to Week 1
    video

    In this video, Lead Educator, Dr Kate Tatton-Brown welcomes learners to the course and explains the course aims and outcomes.

  • Did you know?
    Did you know?
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    Our resident scientist tells you his favourite genomics facts.

  • Errors in recombination
    Errors in recombination
    article

    This video describes how structural chromosome abnormalities occur when errors occur in recombination.

  • Responsibility in the genomic era
    Responsibility in the genomic era
    video

    In this tutorial, you will hear from Dr Carwyn Rhys Hooper on the concept of responsibility for health.