Dr. Pangloss’s Clinic: Prenatal Whole Genome Sequencing and a Return to Reality
Published January 2017
Summary: This commentary, on a proposal for unrestricted noninvasive prenatal whole genome sequencing, offers a critique based on the proposal’s disconnect from the practice of genomic medicine and prenatal care, and on its lack of recognition of the many regulatory and logistical barriers. Fully informed decisions about prenatal whole genome sequencing, in the manner this proposal envisions, are impossible from scientific, clinical, sociological, and practical perspectives.
Citation and link:
Allyse M, Evans JP, Michie M. (2017) Dr. Pangloss’s clinic: Prenatal whole genome sequencing and a return to reality. American Journal of Bioethics 17(1): 21-23. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2016.1251660