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11 J. Health Care L. & Pol'y 295 (2008)
Double Helix, Double Standards: Private Matters and Public People

handle is hein.journals/hclwpo11 and id is 299 raw text is: DOUBLE HELIX, DOUBLE
STANDARDS: PRIVATE MATTERS
AND PUBLIC PEOPLE
TENEILLE R. BRowN*
ABSTRACT
In this article, I hope to challenge our thinking on perhaps the most private
type of health information by applying its disclosure to someone incredibly public.
I will review the relevant constitutional, tort law, and statutory frameworks for
disclosure of a presidential candidate's health information by applying these
concepts to the specific disclosure of a candidate's genetic testing results. In some
cases, the analysis will shift into a discussion of accessing health information of the
winning candidate. After surveying the different types of genetic tests and possible
methods for disclosure, I then will compare legal and ethical concerns to discuss
the degree to which the public interest may be served by accessing our potential
presidents' genetic information. I will end by questioning whether a double
standard is developing in privacy rights doctrine as it relates to the testing of public
figures.
Copyright © 2008 by Teneille R. Brown.
* Post-Doctoral Scholar, Center for the Integration of Research on Genetics & Ethics, Stanford Center
for Biomedical Ethics (Palo Alto, CA); Research Fellow, MacArthur Law & Neuroscience Project
(Santa Barbara, CA); J.D., 2004, University of Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor, MI). B.A., 2000,
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). Dedicated to Robert Bodden, who did not attend law
school, but loved thinking and talking about the law more than anyone I've ever known.

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