Professional Guidance

Considering Pediatric Genetic Testing

Considering Pediatric Genetic Testing

In 2015, ASHG issued a position statement on ethical, legal, and psychosocial implications of genetic testing in children and adolescents. Published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, the statement aims to guide approaches to genetic testing for children in the research and clinical contexts. Related: Infographics: Pediatric Genetic Testing (March 2016) Points to Consider:... Read More

Addressing Innovation in Prenatal Screening

Addressing Innovation in Prenatal Screening

Following rapid innovation in non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), ASHG and the European Society of Human Genetics published a joint statement in the European Journal of Human Genetics that addressed the responsible use of these tests across conditions and how they might fit with existing approaches. Related: Statement: Non-invasive Prenatal Testing for Aneuploidy and Beyond: Challenges... Read More

Regulation of Laboratory-Developed Tests

Regulation of Laboratory-Developed Tests

In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invited comment on its draft guidance for the regulatory oversight of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). With a focus on genetic and genomic testing, ASHG submitted comments on the proposed regulatory oversight of such tests. Related: Comments Submitted in Response to FDA’s Draft Guidance: Framework for Regulatory Oversight... Read More

Considering Family Privacy in Genetic Research and Medicine

Considering Family Privacy in Genetic Research and Medicine

Genetic information about an individual reveals genetic risk information about both the individual and other family members. ASHG issued a statement in 2000 considering the importance of family medical history in genetics research and its balance with ensuring the genetic privacy of research participants’ relatives, and one in 1998 commenting on this balance in the... Read More

Understanding Behavioral Genetics

Understanding Behavioral Genetics

Behavioral genetics brings to light both genetic and environmental influences on behavior. ASHG commented on the state of this field, including recent accomplishments, future directions, and methods, in a 1997 statement. Related: Statement: Developments in Human Behavioral Genetics: Past Accomplishments and Future Directions (June 1997) Read More

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