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Ethical Issues in Preconception Genetic Carrier Screening
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Centrum för forskningsetik och bioetik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3823-8263
2016 (English)In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Population-based preconception genetic carrier screening programmes (PCS) with expanded panels are currently being developed in the Netherlands. This form of genetic screening for recessive traits differs from other forms of genetic testing and screening in that it is offered to persons not known to have an increased risk of being carriers of genetic traits for severe recessive diseases and in that they include tests for a large number of traits, potentially several hundred. This raises several ethical issues around justice, consequences, and autonomy. It will be argued that most of these ethical problems call for cautious reflection when setting up PCS and similar programmes within preconception care. It is moreover argued that it is ethically problematic to have an official aim and failing to mention possibly legitimate public aims that actually drive the development of PCS

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Taylor & Francis, 2016.
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Ethics, justice, medicalization, preconception genetic carrier testing, reproductive autonomy
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-303544DOI: 10.1080/03009734.2016.1189470OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-303544DiVA: diva2:972252
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