Box 5 Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI)

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Box 5 Ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI)

Today's genomics research and applications rest on more than a decade of valuable investigation into their ethical, legal and social implications. As the application of genomics to health increases along with its social impact, it becomes ever more important to expand on this work. There is an increasing need for focused ELSI research that directly informs policies and practices. One can envisage a flowering of 'translational ELSI research' that builds on the knowledge gained from prior and forthcoming 'basic ELSI research', which would provide knowledge for direct use by researchers, clinicians, policy-makers and the public. Examples include:

Last Reviewed: May 21, 2012