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Ethical Considerations in the Genetic Testing Laboratory 

Ethical Considerations in the Genetic Testing Laboratory
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Ethical Considerations in the Genetic Testing Laboratory
Author(s):

Daniel Groepper

and Matt Bower

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190604929.003.0013
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date: 09 April 2020

Ethical dilemmas are commonly encountered by genetic counselors, whether in the clinical or laboratory setting. This chapter describes common ethical dilemmas, conflicts, and challenges encountered in genetic testing laboratories. These situations include genetic testing of minors for adult-onset conditions, prenatal testing, the ethical impacts of incidental findings and unexpected test results, and conflicts of interest. This chapter also explores the genetic counselor’s role in addressing ethical issues. Resources are provided for managing these ethical dilemmas within the laboratory.

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