Clearly, scientific investigation has extended and enhanced the quality of life and increased our understanding of ourselves, our relationships with others, and the natural world. It is one of the foundations of our society's material, intellectual, and social progress. For many citizens, scientific discoveries have alleviated the suffering caused by disease or disability. Nonetheless, the prospect of gaining such valuable scientific knowledge need not and should not be pursued at the expense of human rights or human dignity.
National Bioethics Advisory Commission, 2001
Law & Ethics of Drug Addiction Genetics Research Project
The Law & Ethics of Drug Addiction Genetics Research ("LEDGER") project is a 4-year project (R01DA020119) awarded to the UT Health Northeast by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
The project’s primary goal is to improve our understanding of the ethical, legal and social implications that may be raised by the use of drug addiction genetic information in criminal justice applications. Our other goal is to provide constituents with related materials and resources developed through the project.
Check out the separate LEDGER project web site to learn more about this study (a new Internet browser window will open).