Genetics Research

Research Papers

Meeting summary: ethical aspects of whole exome and whole genome sequencing studies (WES/WGS) in rare diseases, Tel Aviv, Israel, January 2013

LUBA FARBEROVa1, AVITAL GILAMa1, OFER ISAKOVa1 and NOAM SHOMRONa1 c1

a1 Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Summary

A recent E-Rare workshop reviewed the ethical aspects of whole exome and whole genome-sequencing studies (WES and WGS, respectively) in rare diseases. Leveraging new genomic technologies, which output vast amounts of known and novel genetic variants, researchers are learning more about the genetic basis and mechanisms involved in rare diseases. In some cases, these findings are translated into diagnostic tools for the benefit of rare disease patients. Among the disclosed data, which can assist in treatment management, incidental findings await, bringing with them ethical concerns for the clinicians, researchers and patients.

Correspondence

c1 Corresponding author: Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Tel: 972-3-640-6594. Fax: 972-3-640-7432. E-mail: nshomron@post.tau.ac.il

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