Susan Wolf on NPR’s Science Friday on Whole Genome Scans

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Consortium Founding Chair Susan Wolf was interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday on June 7 to discuss issues raised by whole genome sequencing. The program focused on the huge quantity of information such sequencing can reveal, including incidental findings. Prof. Wolf raised concerns about recent recommendations by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) that urge laboratories to look for 57 extra incidental findings whenever sequencing is performed. The guidelines call for physicians to share the findings with patients, even if the patient does not want the extra testing or the results. Prof. Wolf co-authored an article in the May 31 issue of Science critiquing the ACMG guidelines and urging the importance of respecting patient autonomy in clinical genomics. Listen to the Science Friday discussion here