Statement Archive

Strengthening Diversity in STEM

Strengthening Diversity in STEM

A leading U.S. research enterprise requires full engagement of the entire STEM talent pool. ASHG supports the STEM Opportunities Act of 2019 to foster inclusivity and diversity in the research workforce. Related: Letter to House Leaders Supporting H.R. 2528 (July 2019) Read More

Supporting Access to Genetic Counseling

Supporting Access to Genetic Counseling

Genetic counselors are a key part of the delivery of genetic testing in healthcare across the United States, and it is essential that their services are accessible to patients. ASHG strongly supports the Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act. Related: ASHG News: H.R. 7083: Improving Access to Genetic Counseling (December 2018) Letter to House Leaders... Read More

Opposing Gene Patenting

Opposing Gene Patenting

A draft bill introduced in May 2019 sought to reform Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Act. If passed, the legislation would allow for the patenting of genes by effectively overturning the 2013 Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) vs. Myriad Supreme Court decision. Related: Joint Letter from ASHG and ACMG Leadership to Bill Sponsors (July... Read More

Defining the Responsibility to Recontact

Defining the Responsibility to Recontact

In 2019, ASHG issued a statement outlining whether, and to what extent, there is a responsibility to recontact genetic and genomic research participants when new findings emerge that suggest their genetic information should be interpreted differently. Related: Webinar: Exploring the Responsibility to Recontact (June 2019) Position Statement: Responsibility to Recontact Research Participants after Reinterpretation of... Read More

Preventing Sexual Harassment in Science

Preventing Sexual Harassment in Science

ASHG supports policies that enable a productive and safe working environment for all scientific professionals. The Society is committed to promoting a harassment-free workplace for geneticists, and believes that science can only achieve its goals when we are able to fully engage the minds, talent, and perspectives of all who wish to participate. Related: Letter... Read More

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