Ethical and policy issues in genetic testing and screening of children

Lainie F. Ross, Howard M. Saal, Rebecca R. Anderson, Karen L. David

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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 policy statement represents recommendations developed collaboratively by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics with respect to many of the scenarios in which genetic testing and screening can occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)620-622
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Carrier identification
  • Disclosure
  • Genetic screening
  • Genetic testing
  • Newborn screening
  • Predictive testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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