Reporting practices for unsolicited and secondary findings from next-generation sequencing technologies: Perspectives of laboratory personnel.
Danya F Vears, Karine Sénécal, Pascal Borry
Hum Mutat | Published : 2017
While next-generation sequencing (NGS) has enormous potential to identify genetic causes of disease, the nature of the technology means that it can also identify additional information about the individual receiving sequencing that is unrelated to the original rationale for testing. Reporting these unsolicited findings (UF) to clinicians, and subsequently to patients, could lead to potentially lifesaving interventions. Most international guidelines provide limited specific recommendations as to whether these UF should be reported. Little research has been conducted exploring which of these variants are reported in practice. Twenty-six interviews were conducted with 27 laboratory personnel, r..View full abstract