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dc.creatorManson, Neil C.en
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-12T18:19:12Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-12T18:19:12Zen
dc.date.created2006en
dc.date.issued2006en
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationJournal of Applied Philosophy 2006; 23(1): 1-16en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10822/507994en
dc.description.abstractIs genetic information of special ethical significance? Does it require special regulation? There is considerable contemporary debate about this question (the 'genetic exceptionalism' debate). 'Genetic information' is an ambiguous term and, as an aid to avoiding conflation in the genetic exceptionalism debate, a detailed account is given of just how and why 'genetic information' is ambiguous. Whilst ambiguity is a ubiquitous problem of communication, it is suggested that 'genetic information' is ambiguous in a particular way, one that gives rise to the problem of 'significance creep' (i.e., where claims about the significance of certain kinds of genetic information in one context influence our thinking about the significance of other kinds of genetic information in other contexts). A contextual and contrastive methodology is proposed: evaluating the significance of genetic information requires us to be sensitive to the polysemy of 'genetic information' across contexts and then examine the contrast in significance (if any) of genetic, as opposed to nongenetic, information within contexts. This, in turn, suggests that a proper solution to the regulatory question requires us to pay more attention to how and why information, and its acquisition, possession and use, come to be of ethical significance.en
dc.formatArticleen
dc.languageengen
dc.source290408en
dc.subjectCommunicationen
dc.subjectExceptionalismen
dc.subjectGenetic Informationen
dc.subjectGenetic Exceptionalismen
dc.subjectRegulationen
dc.subject.classificationGenetics, Molecular Biology and Microbiologyen
dc.titleWhat is genetic information, and why is it significant? A contextual, contrastive, approachen
dc.provenanceDigital citation created by the Bioethics Research Library, Georgetown University, for the National Information Resource on Ethics and Human Genetics, a project funded by the United States National Human Genome Research Instituteen
dc.provenanceDigital citation migrated from OpenText Livelink Discovery Server database named GenETHX to DSpace collection GenETHX hosted by Georgetown Universityen


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