Cadernos de Saúde Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0102-311X
GARCIA, Eloi S. e CHAMAS, Claudia Inês. Molecular genetics: advances and problems. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1996, vol.12, n.1, pp. 103-107. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1996000100022.
This article is an attempt to draw the discussion on molecular genetics in health into the public health domain. Now that the genetic engineering revolution has arrived, it is important to point out the advances and problems this technology poses for society. It is time for a clear, informed assessment of what we have already achieved and may soon achieve using this technology. Clearly, society needs to understand the ethical and practical implications of a technology which can produce miracle drugs and modern diagnoses and cure virtually every disease. Important points from sensitive social issues raised by molecular biology and the human genome project are discussed.
Palavras-chave : Molecular Genetics; Biotechnology; Public Health; Ethics.