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Genet Med. 2013 Mar;15(3):234-45. doi: 10.1038/gim.2012.176. Epub 2013 Feb 21.

Technical report: Ethical and policy issues in genetic testing and screening of children.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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  • Genet Med. 2013 Apr;15(4):321. Ross, Laine Friedman [corrected to Ross, Lainie Friedman].


The genetic testing and genetic screening of children are commonplace. Decisions about whether to offer genetic testing and screening should be driven by the best interest of the child. The growing literature on the psychosocial and clinical effects of such testing and screening can help inform best practices. This technical report provides ethical justification and empirical data in support of the proposed policy recommendations regarding such practices in a myriad of settings.

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