Point-counterpoint. Patient autonomy and incidental findings in clinical genomics

Science. 2013 May 31;340(6136):1049-50. doi: 10.1126/science.1239119. Epub 2013 May 16.


In spite of the centrality of informed consent in clinical genetics and genomics, new recommendations from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) call for laboratories and clinicians to test for and report specific genetic incidental findings, even when the patient does not consent to the testing or disclosure and even when the patient is a child.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Disease / genetics*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
  • Genomics / ethics*
  • Genomics / standards*
  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*