Advances in prenatal screening: the ethical dimension

Antina de Jong*, Wybo J. Dondorp, Suzanna G. M. Frints, Christine E. M. de Die-Smulders, Guido M. W. R. de Wert

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Abstract

Prenatal screening strategies are undergoing rapid changes owing to the introduction of new testing techniques. The overall tendency is towards broadening the scope of prenatal testing through increasingly sensitive ultrasound scans and genome-wide molecular tests. In addition, non-invasive prenatal diagnosis is likely to be introduced in the near future. These developments raise important ethical questions concerning meaningful reproductive choice, the autonomy rights of future children, equity of access and the proportionality of testing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-663
JournalNature Reviews Genetics
Volume12
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

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