Journal article

Legal approaches regarding health-care decisions involving minors: implications for next-generation sequencing.

Karine Sénécal, Kristof Thys, Danya F Vears, Kristof Van Assche, Bartha M Knoppers, Pascal Borry

European Journal of Human Genetics | Published : 2016

Abstract

The development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies are revolutionizing medical practice, facilitating more accurate, sophisticated and cost-effective genetic testing. NGS is already being implemented in the clinic assisting diagnosis and management of disorders with a strong heritable component. Although considerable attention has been paid to issues regarding return of incidental or secondary findings, matters of consent are less well explored. This is particularly important for the use of NGS in minors. Recent guidelines addressing genomic testing and screening of children and adolescents have suggested that as 'young children' lack decision-making capacity, decisions about t..

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