Statement Archive

The Importance of Advocacy as a Scientist

The Importance of Advocacy as a Scientist

Scientists are in the unique position to directly convey the benefits of human genetics and genomics research to policymakers. It is critical that we communicate the benefits of human genetics and genomics research to Congress because decisions happen on the Hill that affect research and the use of genetics-based technologies – with or without our... 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

Supporting Federally Funded Research

Supporting Federally Funded Research

Genetics research is providing remarkable insights into the human genome and how this knowledge can be translated into healthcare advances. This scientific progress relies on continued public investment in biomedical research. ASHG supports the robust, predictable, sustainable federal funding of research to fuel scientific advances. Related: Written Testimony to Congress for FY 2023 (May 2022)... Read More

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) American Physiological Society community letter: to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Sept. 2020) 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

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