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Knowledge of Ethical Standards in Genetic Testing Among Medical Students, Residents, and Practicing Physicians

Laurie A. Demmer, MD; Mary J. O'Neill, MD; Amy E. Roberts, MD; Marjorie C. Clay, PhD
JAMA. 2000;284(20):2595-2596. doi:10.1001/jama.284.20.2591.
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To the Editor: As genetic technology evolves, physicians will find themselves called on to counsel patients about a rapidly increasing number of diseases for which genetic testing is available. The increased availability of testing raises new and complex ethical issues. Lack of familiarity with these issues may lead to profound and lifelong negative effects on patients, particularly children.

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