Safeguards in the Use of DNA Databanks
Breach of confidentiality of information contained in DNA databanks may result in discrimination or stigmatization.
Research in Gene Therapy & Genetic Engineering
Physicians should not engage in research involving gene therapy or genetic engineering with human participants except under specific conditions.
Research Using Human Fetal Tissue
The use of fetal tissue for research purposes raises a number of ethical considerations.
Physicians engaged in maternal-fetal research should demonstrate the same care for the pregnant woman and fetus that they would in providing clinical care.
Physicians who are involved in international research may need to address special concerns.
Research on Emergency Medical Interventions
It can be appropriate, in certain situations and with special safeguards, to provide experimental treatment without a participant’s informed consent.
Ethical Use of Placebo Controls in Research
Used appropriately, a placebo control can provide valuable data, particularly when there is no accepted therapy for the condition under study.