Statement Archive

Advising on Patenting and Licensing in Genetic Testing

Advising on Patenting and Licensing in Genetic Testing

In 2010, ASHG issued a policy statement outlining guiding principles related to patenting and licensing in the genetic testing arena. These principles address protection of intellectual property, quality of testing, and access to testing. Related: Guiding Principles on Protection of Intellectual Property: Patenting and Licensing in the Genetic Testing Arena (April 2010) Read More

Analyzing Genetic Ancestry Inference

Analyzing Genetic Ancestry Inference

In a 2010 commentary in The American Journal of Human Genetics, an ASHG task force analyzed key scientific and non-scientific aspects of genetic ancestry inference in academia and industry, and provided recommendations to advance discussion and facilitate the development of guidelines concerning the use of these technologies. The commentary built upon a previous statement by... Read More

Advising on the Implementation of GINA

Advising on the Implementation of GINA

After GINA’s passage in May 2008, ASHG responded to a Federal Register Request for Information on issues related to the law’s implementation. ASHG provided comment on definitions that would ensure the regulations keep pace with scientific and clinical advances, and clarified that data collected prior to GINA’s passage should still be covered by the law.... Read More

Responding to Misguided Beliefs

Responding to Misguided Beliefs

In 2007, geneticist James Watson was quoted regarding alleged intellectual inferiority among Africans. ASHG found the comments to be tragically misguided and without scientific foundation. Related: Statement: ASHG response to Recent Comments on Intellectual Ability (November 2007) Read More

Commenting on Consumer Genetic Testing

Commenting on Consumer Genetic Testing

With the rise of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests – tests that are ordered directly by consumers and whose results are reported without a health provider’s involvement – ASHG issued a statement in 2007 on such tests that make health-related claims or directly affect health care decision making. The statement includes recommendations to ensure transparency, provider... Read More

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