In the last 50 years, bioethics became a recognized discipline, taking off as a field in the 1970s. It began with concerns over patient-doctor relationships and grew as new medical technologies created new moral dilemmas. Today, the field of genetics is rapidly advancing complex ethical problems. Centrally, however, ethical questions revolve around the question of how genetic information should be used.

Below is a list of some of the ethical issues that relate to genetics. The Center hopes to be able to address some of these issues in this section.

Clinical and Bioethical Issues
Standards and Quality Control
Accuracy, Reliability, and Utility
Predisposition vs. Single Gene/Mendelian Disorders
Genetic Testing
Gene Therapy
Reproductive Issues
Product Development and Commercialization
Scientific Limitations

Societal and Legislative Issues
Fairness in the Use of Genetic Information
Fairness in the Use of Technologies/Access to Technology
Privacy and Confidentiality
Commercialization of Products
Government Regulation
Gene Patenting and Ownership
Commercialization of Products

Science and Religious Issues
Ethnicity and Genetics
Jewish Law and Halaichic Issues
Moral Issues
Gene Testing and Judaism
Caring for the Sick and Dying
Judaism and Reproductive Issues

Psychological and Social Issues
Psychological Impact
Genetic Counseling, Needs, Perception, and Education
Social Stigmatization
Minorities, Race, Ethnicity and Genetics

Conceptual and Philosophical Issues
Concepts of Health
Concepts of Disease
Behavioral Genetics
Genetic Diversity
Human Responsibility
Genetic Determinism
Genetic Enhancement

Articles on Bioethics
Mendelian & Predisposition
Jewish Bioethics
Bioethical Resources