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Telling patients of incidental genetic findings is questionable, researchers warn

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h7034 (Published 06 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:h7034
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Patients with genetic variations linked with cardiac disorders often have no symptoms of the conditions, a study published in JAMA has shown. The researchers said that this raised the question of whether patients should always be notified about incidental genetic findings discovered during gene sequencing.1

Sequencing of selected gene sets and whole genomes is increasingly used for research and clinical care and can often identify incidental findings of potential clinical relevance. The American College of Medical Genetics and …

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