Statement Archive

Encouraging Responsible Genome Editing Research

Encouraging Responsible Genome Editing Research

In 2017, ASHG and 10 international organizations published a position statement on human germline genome editing in The American Journal of Human Genetics. The statement recommended against genome editing culminating in human pregnancy, supported publicly funded in vitro research into its potential clinical applications, and outlined scientific and societal steps necessary before implementation of such... Read More

Protecting Genetic Privacy in Law Enforcement

Protecting Genetic Privacy in Law Enforcement

ASHG supports DNA profiling as a law enforcement tool to identify criminals and exonerate the innocent. The Society believes, however, that the use of DNA in those contexts must respect the public’s right to privacy and that DNA collection should be limited to those convicted of or reasonably suspected of having committed a serious crime.... Read More

Supporting Genetic Nondiscrimination in Canada

Supporting Genetic Nondiscrimination in Canada

In 2016, the Parliament of Canada debated bill S-201, the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, which would ensure that all Canadians can benefit from genetics-based clinical advances without fear of genetic discrimination. ASHG has long supported the establishment of strong protections against genetic discrimination worldwide, and as such, advocated in favor of S-201. The bill was signed... Read More

NGS-based In Vitro Diagnostics

NGS-based In Vitro Diagnostics

In 2015 and 2016, ASHG submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on two related proposed regulations for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based in vitro diagnostics. Appreciative of being engaged in the process, ASHG submitted comments to further inform and clarify the issue. Related: Comments on “Use of Standards in FDA Regulatory Oversight... Read More

Encouraging Licensure of Genetic Counselors

Encouraging Licensure of Genetic Counselors

ASHG supports state licensure of certified genetic counselors to help ensure that the public has access to genetic and genomic services provided by qualified health professionals. The rapidly expanding use of genomics in healthcare decisions will increase the need for qualified genetics professionals, and genetic counselors play an important role in treating patients and families.... Read More

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