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Use of Genetic Tests in the Context of Population Screening Strategies
Submission Deadline: July 31, 2022 (Open) Submit Now
Anne-Marie Laberge, MD, MPH, PhD, Full Clinical Professor
Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada.
Research Interests: genetic tests; public health; genetic services in clinical practice; population screening strategies
About the topic:
Traditionally, the use of genetic tests in population screening strategies was limited, because of the complexity and cost of genetic tests made them impractical for high-volume testing and quick turnaround times. Currently available technologies, including next-generation sequencing, are breaking down these barriers.
In newborn and prenatal screening, genetic tests are being added to existing screening algorithms or replacing previously used biochemical tests. In other settings, technological advances are pushing for population screening strategies to be considered for previously unscreened conditions and/or in new populations. For example, there are proponents of population screening for actionable genetic conditions. Some even argue that we should be moving towards genome sequencing of all individuals as a comprehensive screening strategy, as early as in newborns.
With all these possibilities opening up on the horizon, what is the current and future role of genetic tests in population screening strategies? What benefits can be gained from their integration? What limitations and challenges remain to be addressed?
For this special issue, we invite researchers, clinicians, public health specialists and other stakeholders to submit original research articles, reviews, or opinion pieces.
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