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Ethics education: a commentary on ‘Ethical preparedness in genomic medicine: how NHS clinical scientists navigate ethical issues’
  1. Michal Pruski1,2
  1. 1Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, Cardiff and Vale UHB, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2School of Health Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michal Pruski, Cardiff and Vale UHB, Cardiff, UK; michal.pruski{at}

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In their article, Sahan and colleagues have presented ethical dilemmas faced by clinical scientists working in genomics.1 This is a welcome development since thus far little has been published on the ethical issues faced by clinical scientists in general. In their article, the authors present the three themes which emerged from discussions with clinical scientists in respect to three case studies: ‘(1) the redistribution of labour and responsibilities resulting from the practice of genomic medicine; (2) the interpretation and certainty of results and (3) the proposal that better standardisation and consistency of ethical approaches (for example, more guidelines and policy) could resolve some of the challenges arising’.1 One theme which appeared not to emerge is that of ethics education received by clinical scientists during their training, and this is the theme on which this commentary will focus.

As noted elsewhere, ‘Clinical Scientists receive some lectures on clinical and research ethics as part of their training, but it amounts to only to a couple of hours of lectures (references omitted)’.2 The usual route to becoming a clinical scientist involves undertaking the 3-year postgraduate Scientist Training Programme (STP), though the ‘equivalence’ route is quite commonly taken by clinical scientists working in …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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