Ethical guidelines in genetics and genomics. An Islamic perspective

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Title

Ethical guidelines in genetics and genomics. An Islamic perspective

Author

Al-Aqeel, Aida I.

Publisher

2005/12/00

Language

English

Publication Date

20051200

Abstract

We are at a time of unprecedented increase in knowledge of rapidly changing technology. Such biotechnology especially when it involves human subjects raises complex ethical, legal, social and religious issues. A World Health Organization expert consultation concluded that 'genetics advances will only be acceptable if their application is carried out ethically, with due regard to autonomy, justice, education and the beliefs and resources of each nation and community.' Public health authorities are increasingly concerned by the high rate of births with genetic disorders especially in developing countries where Muslims are a majority. Therefore, it is imperative to scrutinize the available methods of prevention and management of genetic disorders. A minimum level of cultural awareness is a necessary prerequisite for the delivery of care that is culturally sensitive, especially in Islamic countries. Islam presents a complete moral, ethical, and medical framework, it is a religion which encompasses the secular with the spiritual, the mundane with the celestial and hence forms the basis of the ethical, moral and even juridical attitudes and laws towards any problem or situation. Islamic teachings carry a great deal of instructions for health promotion and disease prevention including hereditary and genetic disorders, therefore, we will discuss how these teachings play an important role in the diagnostic, management and preventive measures including: genomic research

Abstract Translated

population genetic screening pre-marital screening, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis; assisted reproduction technology; stem cell therapy; genetic counseling and others.

Primary Classification

15.1

Secondary Classification

15.1;1.2;15.10;15.2

Primary keywords

genetic intervention--[pri];genomics--[pri];Islamic ethics--[pri]

Secondary keywords

adoption;bioethics;biotechnology;clinical genetics;cloning;contraception;developing countries;gene therapy;genetic counseling;genetic testing;mass screening;preimplantation diagnosis;prenatal diagnosis;reproductive technologies;stem cells;voluntary sterilization

Subject

Middle East

Journal Article

Saudi Medical Journal 2005 December; 26(12): 1862-1870

Note

35

Primary Document Type

ja

Call Number

citation

Bibliography

50 refs.

ISBN

0379-5284

Collection

Citation

“Ethical guidelines in genetics and genomics. An Islamic perspective,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed August 10, 2020, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/34018.