Contextualizing the Cultural and Medico-Legal Debate on Adult Genetic Testing

Aviad E. Raz, Silke Schicktanz

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In the context of genetic testing and screening, Germany and Israel generally represent contrasting legal regulations and professional outlooks, particularly in relation to reproductive, prenatal genetic testing and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This chapter locates the national policies regarding adult genetic testing against their cultural backdrop, and discusses the notion of ‘genetic responsibility’. We further focus on two paradigmatic cases of predictive genetic testing for late-onset diseases: Huntington’s disease and colon cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Ethics
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Ethics
ISSN (Print)2211-8101
ISSN (Electronic)2211-811X


  • Carrier Screening
  • Genetic Responsibility
  • Prenatal Genetic Testing
  • Sibling Donor
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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