Professional Guidance

Guiding the Way to a Vibrant and Collaborative Community

Guiding the Way to a Vibrant and Collaborative Community

As part of its strategic plan, ASHG’s Professional Practice and Social Implications (PPSI) Committee is tasked with helping ASHG members and the research community advance genetics and genomics in ways that integrate and embed societal impacts within research goals and practices. In the first of a series of resources, ASHG published a new Guidance on... Read More

ASHG Issues New Professional Guidance on Ethical and Legal Considerations for Ancient DNA Genetics and Genomics Research

ASHG Issues New Professional Guidance on Ethical and Legal Considerations for Ancient DNA Genetics and Genomics Research

Published: Thursday, August 6, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time Media Contact: Kara Flynn, 202.257.8424 press@ashg.org ROCKVILLE, MD — The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) today published a new Guidance on ancient DNA (aDNA) research to help scientists understand and integrate important ethical, legal and social considerations for this important research area. Appearing in today’s... Read More

Defining the Responsibility to Recontact Research Participants with New Genetic Findings

Defining the Responsibility to Recontact Research Participants with New Genetic Findings

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time Media Contact: Nalini Padmanabhan, 301.634.7346, press@ashg.org ASHG, Eight Partner Groups Define Key Issues and Principles ROCKVILLE, Md. – The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), along with several co-signing organizations, issued a position statement today outlining whether, and to what extent, there is a responsibility... 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

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

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