Science in Context

Genetic Services Eugenic Practices?

Ethical Aspects of Genetic Screening in Israel

Michal Sagia1

a1 Department of Human Genetics Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem

The Argument

Advances in genetic research make it possible to identify carriers of a growing number of genetic diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) published several preconditions for community carrier screening. This paper aims to present some of the dilemmas about screening in Israel and the difficulties in following the WHO's helpful criteria.