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Health benefits from genetics should be basic human right

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 04 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:285
  1. Suresh K Mahajan (, head
  1. Molecular Biology and Agriculture Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai-400 085, India

    EDITOR—Bloom and Trach's editorial about genetics and developing countries seems to imply three things1: that the human genome project has refuted biological justification for racial discrimination; that those living in the poorest countries should be grateful for this; and that, although genetic discrimination against these people is unacceptable, economic discrimination (which will deny them the possible health benefits of genetic knowledge) should be accepted as public policy. These suggestions are unacceptable on factual, historical, and moral …

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