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The social nature of disability, disease and genetics: a response to Gillam, Persson, Holtug, Draper and Chadwick.
  1. C Newell
  1. School of Medicine, University of Tasmania.


    The dominance of the biomedically informed view of disability, genetics, and diagnosis is explored. An understanding of the social nature of disability and genetics, especially in terms of oppression, adds a richer dimension to an understanding of ethical issues pertaining to genetics. This is much wider than the limited question of whether or not such technology discriminates. Instead, it is proposed that such technology will perpetuate the oppression and control of people with disability, especially if the knowledge of people with disability is not utilised in bioethical debates.

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