Toxicogenethics: Ethical Issues at the Intersection of Genetics and the Toxicological Sciences

Prof. Richard R. Sharp, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine

Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Room 25, Mondale Hall, University of Minnesota Law School

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Professor Sharp explored ethical and policy issues raised by the application of genomic technologies to risk assessment and environmental regulation. He argued that the policy dilemmas introduced by toxicogenomic technologies differ from other policy challenges more familiar to environmental policy makers. He suggested that policy makers are largely unprepared for this "brave new world" of toxicogenomics and the hazards that it may introduce. Prof. Sharp highlighted discriminatory threats posed by the application of genomic technologies in the workplace, considered how the ability to detect genetic susceptibilities to environmental diseases may impact assignments of responsibility for poor health outcomes, and explored whether considerations of social justice argue against the development of toxicogenomic technologies. 

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RIchard sharp

Richard R. Sharp directed the Program in Environmental Health Policy and Ethics and served as Staff Ethicist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health. He joined the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in Fall, 2002. His research focuses on ethical and social issues in genetic research. Prof. Sharp received his PhD in Philosophy from Michigan State University.