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

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


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.

MeSH terms

  • Ethics, Medical
  • Genetic Testing / ethics*
  • Genetic Testing / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatal Screening / ethics*
  • Neonatal Screening / legislation & jurisprudence*