Psychiatric Molecular Genetics and the Ethics of Social Promises

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 8 (1):27-34 (2011)
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
Keywords Psychiatry  Mental disorders  Molecular genetics  Ethics
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