Carrier Testing and Genetic Counseling

Carrier testing raises a number of important ethical issues. When exercised appropriately, carrier testing has the potential to identify individuals at risk of having a child affected by a recessive genetic disease prior to conception. There are, nevertheless, a number of potential harms that may also arise. This module will delve into some of ethical complexities in area of medicine.

READ Genetic Screening by Burke, et al.  Focus on the content found on pages 154-156.

Optional Review the following key ethics terms:

 


Optional video by Dr. Robin Bennett M.S., L.G.C., Ph.D. to gain a better understanding of various clinical and social aspects of genetic counseling (you can skip this if a genetic counselor will be covering this topic in class): 

https://mediasite.hs.washington.edu/Mediasite/Play/42b4867d9fe14589838c9415498a19a11d

 

If you’re interested in further investigation… (not required)

These two links are optional and are intended for the student who has prior experience with the topic and/ or a strong desire for additional information.

Also see “Carrier testing for Ashkenazi Jewish disorders in the prenatal setting” by Ferriera et al. This article was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  It is above the level of the average foundations phase student.

For more information about ethical issues around genetic testing in Ashkenazi Jewish populations read A young couple tests compatibility” and then explore the Dor Yeshorim website.