In October 1996, an invitational conference in New York, on Manic-Depressive Illness: Evolutionary and Ethical Issues, was convened by Kay Jamison of Johns Hopkins and Robert Cook-Deegan of the National Academy of Sciences. Participants came from around the world to discuss the genetic and environmental factors, social costs, and adaptive value of bipolar disorder. The participants, who included distinguished scientists and clinicians, urged caution, in this burgeoning era of genetic engineering, against any precipitous efforts to remove from the population gene(s) that increase liability for bipolar disorder, given that this liability is complex, not fully understood, and may have creative advantages for individuals and society.
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