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.
Code of Medical Ethics Opinions: Genetics
- Genetic testing & counseling: Opinion E-4.1.1
- Genetic testing for reproductive decision making: Opinion E-4.1.2
- Third-party access to genetic information: Opinion E-4.1.3
- Forensic genetics: Opinion E-4.1.4
Assisted reproduction offers hope to patients who want children but are unable to have a child without medical assistance.
Code of Medical Ethics Opinions: Reproductive medicine
- Assisted reproductive technology: Opinion E-4.2.1
- Gamete donation: Opinion E-4.2.2
- Therapeutic donor insemination: Opinion E-4.2.3
- Third-party reproduction: Opinion E-4.2.4
- Storage & use of human embryos: Opinion E-4.2.5
- Cloning for reproduction: Opinion E-4.2.6
- Abortion: Opinion E-4.2.7
AMA Code of Medical Ethics
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These Opinions are offered as ethics guidance for physicians and are not intended to establish standards of clinical practice or rules of law.