Judges, genes and man
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The impact of the developing science of human genetics on society will produce social conflicts and raise social questions which require legal solutions. Particular problems are limitations on human experimentation; legal duties which result from the growth of genetic knowledge; and the role of legislation. Experimentation must be based on informed consent by the subject. As to in vitro gestation, status and protectability of the developing experimental subject is considered in the light of Roe v. Wade, 93 S.Ct. 705. Duties stemming from increased genetic knowledge pose no new legal problems. A substantial quantity of genetics based legislation re eugenic sterilization exists; legislation is needed to clarify status of the parties involved in artificial insemination, utero transplants; and, legislation may be expected to develop as public and legislative awareness of human genetic research grows.