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Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program

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Background

  • The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) established the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program in 1990 as part of the Human Genome Project. The purpose of the ELSI Program is to promote research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic and genomic research by funding and managing studies and supporting workshops, research consortia, and policy-related conferences on these topics.
  • In a related initiative, the NHGRI, the US Department of Energy, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) launched the Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research (CEER) in 2003. The CEER are intended to bring together experts in many fields to address important ethical, legal, and social issues related to research in genetics and genomics.
  • A continuing challenge to ELSI Program is to explore ways in which to maintain the balance between the acquisition of information and the acknowledgement of important ethical, legal, and social issues, such as the protection of individual privacy.

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Research

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References

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