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Whole genome sequencing in children: ethics, choice and deliberation

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  • Commentary on: ‘Parents perspectives on whole genome sequencing for their children: qualified enthusiasm?’

  • Funding Research informing this commentary has been partially supported by a University of Sydney Medical School New Staff Grant: ‘Future autonomy, current technology: ethics and next generation gene sequencing in children’.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • i A side issue, beyond the scope of this commentary, is how studies like the Genome Clinic are contributing to slippage between research and clinical practice as traditionally conceived.

  • ii Personal communication, Dr Lisa Dive.

  • iii A potential (albeit controversial) modification to this protocol would be to make disclosure of adult-onset SVs in child participants contingent on the child's parents already having consented to such testing for themselves.

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