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University Medical Center Groningen


Research into the ethical, legal, and social issues of clinical genetics

About ELSI

ELSI stands for Ethical, Legal, and Social issues (in Genetics). ELSI research contributes to the strategic ELSI program within the department of Genetics. The ELSI program investigates the (potential) ethical, economic, psychological, social, and legal implications of (new, promising) genetic technologies, as well as methods of diagnostics, counselling (including eHealth), and screening.

The goal of the ELSI program is to explore together with all stakeholders whether and how the aforementioned techniques and technologies can be developed and implemented as quickly and responsibly as possible in order to benefit patients and the public. The program also serves to identify any gaps (e.g. financial or legal) in need of addressing before responsible implementation can take place. Next to research activities, the strategic ELSI program is dedicated to moral deliberation, patient participation, and education.

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