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For the first time, recommendations offer guidance about incidental genetic findings
Date:3/21/2013

dings. The Working Group also recommended that adult-onset conditions on the list be reported even when the patient is a minor. Dr. Green acknowledged that these recommendations diverge from current practices in medical genetics, explaining, "Sequencing offers a brand new way of looking at genetic testing. The Working Group believes that when we can detect findings that could provide clues to a dangerous condition for which a medical intervention may be possible, laboratories and clinicians have a responsibility to alert the patient's physician, as is done in the rest of medical practice."

The report makes it clear that the recommendations are a starting point that will and should be updated regularly as scientific evidence accrues about genetic conditions. The ACMG will establish an ongoing process for updating the recommendations.


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