Perspectives

How science will help us move forward in 2021

In 2021, the genetics and genomics community needs to communicate to policymakers how the field of human genetics and genomics is transforming biomedical research and medicine, including its essential role in combatting COVID-19. This is important for ensuring that policies enable a thriving scientific enterprise and provide resources for research advances. Related: AJHG Perspective: How... Read More

Advancing Diverse Participation in Research

Advancing Diverse Participation in Research

ASHG remains committed to its vision that people everywhere realize the benefits of human genetics and genomics research. It is imperative for participation in genetics and genomics research to reflect humanity’s diversity. In engaging with vulnerable populations, it is essential that researchers guard against harm resulting from their participation. Related: AJHG Perspective: Advancing Diverse Participation... Read More

Defending Reproductive Freedom

Defending Reproductive Freedom

ASHG supports a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions, particularly upon learning that her fetus has a genetic or congenital disorder and has been informed by a licensed or certified health care professional—a view originally articulated in 1991 and reaffirmed and updated in 2020. This includes, among other options, the right to choose... Read More

Supporting Geneticists in Advocating for Research

Supporting Geneticists in Advocating for Research

Continued funding and public support are essential for driving progress in genetics and genomics research. ASHG is committed to supporting members and the greater community in advocating for research to policymakers. Related: AJHG Perspective: Advocating for Genetics and Genomics Research to Policymakers (February 2020) Read More

Advancing Research and Privacy Protections

Advancing Research and Privacy Protections

The responsible use of large-scale data to advance genetics and genomics research incorporates protections preserving the confidentiality of personal genetic information. ASHG asserts core privacy principles should be applied to all research, regardless of the funding source. Related: AJHG Perspective: Advancing Research and Privacy: Achievements, Challenges, and Core Principles (September 2019) Press Release: ASHG Asserts... Read More

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