Legal challenges in reproductive genetics

Advancements in reproductive genetics provide a tremendous amount of new information but also produce significant challenges in patient counseling and reproductive decision making.
Legal challenges in reproductive genetics

VOLUME 115, ISSUE 2, P282-289


Sonia M. Suter, J.D., M.S. 


Recent advancements in reproductive genetics have resulted in the availability of an extraordinary amount of new and detailed information for patients and providers. Whereas this information can inform many who are facing difficult clinical decisions, it can also introduce complex and uncertain choices. Expanded carrier screening and preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidy are important examples of new genetic techniques that are now widely used in reproductive medicine. This paper will explore these techniques through a medical-legal prism to better understand the opportunities and obligations incumbent on both patients and providers in this new age of genetic diagnosis.

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