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Prize for book on genetic issues

The British Insurance Law Association (BILA) book prize for 2004 has been awarded to Genes and Insurance by Marcus Radetzki, Marian Radetzki, and Niklas Juth.

Announcing the prize at BILA’s recent claims conference and AGM held at Lloyd’s Old Library, Alison Green, chair of the BILA charitable trust, said: ‘The legal and moral implications of genetic testing and insurance risk assessment are of growing importance as our knowledge of genetics and their impact on the development of disease increases. This book looks at the subject from ethical and economic angles, as well as from a legal viewpoint, and should be read by all those interested in the ongoing debate on the extent to which disclosure of genetic information to insurers should be regulated.’

The book is part of the Cambridge University Press series of Law, Medicine and Ethics, whose general editor is Alexander McCall Smith, professor of medical law at Edinburgh University. Readers may, however, be more familiar with his other persona as the successful author of the series involving the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency, which regularly top the best-selling fiction lists.