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Testing the limits of the ‘joint account’ model of genetic information: a legal thought experiment
  1. Charles Foster1,
  2. Jonathan Herring2,
  3. Magnus Boyd3
  1. 1The Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  3. 3Hill Dickinson, Solicitors, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Charles Foster, The Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF, UK; Charles.Foster{at}


We examine the likely reception in the courtroom of the ‘joint account’ model of genetic confidentiality. We conclude that the model, as modified by Gilbar and others, is workable and reflects, better than more conventional legal approaches, both the biological and psychological realities and the obligations owed under Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

  • Ethics
  • Genethics
  • Genetic Information
  • Law
  • Confidentiality/Privacy

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