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Code of Medical Ethics: Genetics & Reproductive Medicine

Genetic testing can provide valuable information to support informed decision making about personal health and care options as well as reproductive choices.
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Ongoing progress in genetic technologies opens new prospects for understanding and treating disease, while advances in reproductive technologies offer opportunities to create families in novel ways— posing challenges for patients, families, physicians and society.


The fact that genetic information carries implications for others to whom the individual is biologically related raises ethical challenges of balancing confidentiality against the well-being of others.

Reproductive Medicine

Assisted reproduction offers hope to patients who want children but are unable to have a child without medical assistance. 

AMA Code of Medical Ethics

Visit the Code of Medical Ethics page to access additional Opinions, the Principles of Medical Ethics and a list of CME courses that are available.

These Opinions are offered as ethics guidance for physicians and are not intended to establish standards of clinical practice or rules of law.

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