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NYU Arthur Zitrin Professor is Published in The Hastings Center Report

Dr. S. Matthew Liao, director of the Center for Bioethics at New York University College of Global Public Health and Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics, along with Dr. Jordan Mackenzie, assistant professor and faculty fellow GPH, published Another Voice in The Hastings Center Report.


According to the abstract, in “Genetic Privacy, Disease Prevention, and the Principle of Rescue,” Dr. Madison Kilbride argues that patients have a duty to warn biological family members about clinically actionable adverse genetic findings. The duty does not stem from the special obligations that we may have to family members, she argues, but rather follows from the principle of rescue, which she understands as the idea that one ought to prevent, reduce, or mitigate the risk of harm to another person when the expected harm is serious and the cost or risk to oneself is sufficiently moderate. Researchers doubt, however, whether the principle of rescue can ground a duty to warn in the cases Dr. Kilbride envisages, and researches suggest that Dr. Kilbride may have underappreciated the role that special obligations could play in generating a duty to warn family members.

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