Psychiatric Molecular Genetics and the Ethics of Social Promises

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Abstract

A recent literature review of commentaries and 'state of the art' articles from researchers in psychiatric genetics (PMG) offers a consensus about progress in the science of genetics, disappointments in the discovery of new and effective treatments, and a general optimism about the future of the field. I argue that optimism for the field of psychiatric molecular genetics (PMG) is overwrought, and consider progress in the field in reference to a sample estimate of US National Institute of Mental Health funding for this paradigm for the years 2008 and 2009. I conclude that the amounts of financial investment in PMG is questionable from an ethical perspective, given other research and clinical needs in the USA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

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Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Mental disorders
  • Molecular genetics
  • Psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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