The technology to screen the genome of an individual is now available, raising a number of questions. Is screening a good thing? And should genomic screening be offered before a child’s birth, before a person starts a family, or at any point during his or her life? What would genomic screening achieve, and what are the potential harms? Do we actually know what receiving genomic information does to people?
The speakers at this symposium will delve into some of the most relevant questions about genetic screening, based on current scientific knowledge.
- Opening by Arthur Wilde, Academic Medical Center (AMC)
- Cisca Wijmenga, University Medical Center Groningen – What’s in the Dutch Genome? (Spoken by Dorret Boomsma, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) (pdf)
- Matthew Hurles, Sanger Institute, Cambridge – How many disease-causing variants mutations in a normal person? (pdf)
- Peter de Knijff, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum – Now you see me, now you don’t. Genetic identification in forensics and the future of genetic privacy (pdf)
- Robert C. Green, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA – What genetic information does to people. Results from empirical studies
- Liz Worthey, Human and Molecular Genetics Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA – Clinical genome sequencing. Are we ready? (pdf)
- Martina Cornel, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam – Cascade screening: prioritizing genetic tests by clinical utility in high risk situations (pdf)
- Joel Zlotogora, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel – Genetic carrier screening for reproductive purposes: the experience from the national Israeli program (pdf)
- Han Brunner, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen – We all have mutations: Why we should consider offering universal prenatal screening (pdf)
- Wybo Dondorp, Maastricht University Medical Centre – Genome sequencing of children (fetuses, embryos): what about 'the right to an open future'? (pdf)