Prenatal Genetic Testing Technology: Science, Policy, and Ethics
Publication Date: November 2007
Publisher(s): Genetics and Public Policy Center
Author(s): Kathy Hudson
Keywords: Genetic testing; Prenatal diagnosis
Coverage: United States
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 Centerâ s work and experience in this arena."