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Prenatal Genetic Testing Technology: Science, Policy, and Ethics

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Publication Date: November 2007

Publisher(s): Genetics and Public Policy Center

Author(s): Kathy Hudson

Topic: Health (Medical research and technology)

Keywords: Genetic testing; Prenatal diagnosis

Type: Testimony

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Testimony of Kathy Hudson, Ph.D. Director, Genetics and Public Policy Center Berman Bioethics Institute & Institute of Genetic Medicine Johns Hopkins University Before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space.

"Genetic testing is undergoing tremendous changes. Scientists are identifying diseasecausing mutations in humans at a remarkable pace and developing tests to detect them. There are over 1000 genetic tests available or in development, all of which could potentially be used in
prenatal genetic testing. The growing availability and use of genetic testing in the reproductive context presents a host of complicated social, legal and ethical issues. I applaud this Committee for its foresight in taking up this issue and welcome the opportunity to share with you the results of the CenterĂ¢ s work and experience in this arena."