J Med Ethics 31:144-148 doi:10.1136/jme.2004.007229
  • Research ethics

Pharmacogenetics, ethical issues: review of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Report

  1. O P Corrigan
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr O P Corrigan
 Centre for Family Research and Cambridge Genetics Knowledge Park, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge, B2 3RF, UK;
  • Received 13 July 2004
  • Accepted 27 July 2004


In September this year the Nuffield Council on Bioethics held a meeting to disclose and discuss the main findings of their newly published report on the ethical issues associated with developments in pharmacogenetics research. The basics of pharmacogenetics science is briefly outlined, and then the extent to which the report was successful in addressing (or at least highlighting) the attendant social, ethical, and policy implications of pharmacogenetics research is evaluated.


  • The Wellcome Trust sponsored my research in this area.

  • Competing interests: none declared