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New ACMG Practice Resource promotes equity in prenatal care

ACMG recommends expansion of carrier screening for all individuals


Experienced professionals in genetics and obstetrics published recommendations to inform reproductive decision-making on behalf of American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Professional Practice and Guidelines Committee. It recommends consistent, equitable carrier screening of more than 100 conditions to be standard of care for all individuals during pregnancy or preconception.

Screening for autosomal recessive and X-linked conditions during pregnancy and preconception: a practice resource of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG). Genetics in Medicine. July 2021

While ACMG and ACOG* have long endorsed universal screening for cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy, authors acknowledge with recent data and technological advancements in gene sequencing, that broad carrier screening should be accessible to every patient regardless of ethnicity.

“Restricting carrier screening by using socially defined ethnic constructs or by self-identified ancestry is both inequitable and scientifically flawed.”
– ACMG Practice Resource

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*ACOG: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Payer News Publication Date:  August 2021

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