Issues in Genetics
Policy, legal and ethical issues in genetic research

ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship seeks applications

Former and current NHGRI/ASHG FellowsApplications for the 2015-2016 Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship are now being accepted. This fellowship is designed for genetics professionals with an advanced degree who are early in their careers and interested in the development and implementation of genetics-related health and research policies at a national level. Applications must be received by April 24, 2015. Read more

NHGRI updates online resource on informed consent for genomics research

Read moreInformed consent is the basic and primary tool through which investigators communicate with each potential study participant and is vital to ensuring that the research purpose, any risks and possible benefits, or other implications of participation are understood.  NHGRI's online Informed Consent Resource has helped thousands of researchers navigate the informed consent process since 2009.  Now, the ICR has been updated to keep pace with advances in genomics over the past several years. Read more



FDA proposes oversight of laboratory-developed tests

FDA logo The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced steps it will take to ensure that certain tests used by health care professionals to diagnose and treat patients provide accurate, consistent and reliable results to inform patient care. These steps come at a critical time for genomic, or precision, medicine. As more and more genetic tests are developed and marketed, the public must be able to rely on the accuracy and clinical validity of these tests.
Read the FDA Release
Read a statement from NIH Director Francis Collins

Workshop Summary

Meeting on the implications of the ACMG Recommendations

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Read the full summary of the workshop to discuss the potential implications on research policies of recommendations and guidelines regarding the management of incidental findings when patients undergo clinical exome or genome sequencing. 
Workshop Summary
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Last Updated: March 6, 2015