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Nat Rev Genet. 2011 Aug 18;12(9):657-63. doi: 10.1038/nrg3036.

Advances in prenatal screening: the ethical dimension.

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Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University, PO BOX 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. at.dejong@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Abstract

Prenatal screening strategies are undergoing rapid changes owing to the introduction of new testing techniques. The overall tendency is towards broadening the scope of prenatal testing through increasingly sensitive ultrasound scans and genome-wide molecular tests. In addition, non-invasive prenatal diagnosis is likely to be introduced in the near future. These developments raise important ethical questions concerning meaningful reproductive choice, the autonomy rights of future children, equity of access and the proportionality of testing.

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10.1038/nrg3036
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