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Genetic Counseling: Clinical Practice and Ethical Considerations

Book Series:  A Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine Collection
Subject Area(s):  Human Biology and DiseaseGenetics

Edited by Laura Hercher, Sarah Lawrence College; Barbara Biesecker, Research Triangle Institute (RTI), International; Jehannine Austin, University of British Columbia

Due November 2019 • 275 pages (approx.), illustrated, index
Hardcover • $135 94.50
ISBN  978-1-621823-47-6
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Genetic counselors advise patients and families affected by or at risk of genetic disorders. They educate them about inheritance, diseases, and screening tests, interpret medical histories and test results, and help families cope with diagnoses and make informed medical decisions. The profession is rapidly evolving and is poised to play an increasingly important role in society as genome sequencing becomes routine clinical practice.

This collection from Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine captures the current state of genetic counseling and examines the changing roles of genetic counselors in the genomic age. The contributors discuss the range of genetics-related needs people bring to counselors, existing and emerging technologies for genetic testing, challenges related to the abundance of recent discoveries about genetic diseases, the ways in which genetic counseling is integrated into modern medicine, and the expanding roles of genetic counselors beyond the clinical setting. The current and evolving practices in different couseling subspecialties, including infertility, prenatal care, pediatrics, cardiology, neurology, psychiatry, and cancer, are also covered.

Other topics in the volume include ethical, legal, and social issues (e.g., genetic testing of minors, genetic discrimination, and obtaining informed consent for genomic testing), as well as the future of the profession. The volume is therefore an essential read for practicing genetic counselors, as well as all biomedical scientists and health professionals dedicated to using genetic and genomic information to improve the lives of individuals and their families.


Central Tenets of Genetic Counseling
Barbara Biesecker
Supporting Patient Autonomy and Informed Decision Making in Prenatal Genetic Testing
Katie Stoll and Judith Jackson
Use of Emerging Technologies in Prenatal Testing
Blair Stevens
Predictive Genetic Counseling and Testing for Neurological Diseases: Past, Present, and Future
Jill S. Goldman
Genetic Counseling in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Alyssa Blesson an Julie S. Cohen
Cancer Genetic Counseling––Current Practice and Future Challenges
Jaclyn Schienda and Jill Stopfer
Tumor-Based Genetic Testing and Familial Cancer Risk
Andrea Forman and Jilliane Sotelo
Psychiatric Genetic Counseling: Emerging Evidence for Processes and Outcomes
Jehannine Austin
Genetic Risk Assessment in Psychiatry
Holly Landrum Peay
Psychosocial Issues in Managing Families with Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases
Jodie Ingles
A Person-Centered Approach to Cardiovascular Genetic Testing
Julia Platt
Counseling for Rare Disease and the Use of Exome Sequencing in Pediatrics
Alison Elliott
Bridging the Gap Between Scientific Advancement and Real-World Application: Genetic Counseling for Common Syndromes and Single Gene Disorders
Julie A. McGlynn and Elinor Langfelder-Schwind
Genetic Counseling and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Debra Lilienthal and Michelle Cahr
Discouraging Genetic Testing of Minors: A Norm Under Siege in a New Era of Genomic Medicine
Laura Hercher
Legal challenges in genetics, including duty to warn, duty to re-contact, and genetic discriminations
Sonia Suter
Birds of a Feather? Genetic Counseling, Genetic Testing, and Humanism
Robert Resta
Regulating Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Across the World: A Comparison of International Policy and Ethical Perspectives
Margaret E.C. Ginoza and Rosario Isasi
Evolving Roles of Genetic Counselor in the Clinical Laboratory
Megan T. Cho and Carrie Guy
Informed Consent in the Genomics Era
Shannon Rego, Megan E. Grove, Mildred K. Cho, and Kelly E. Ormond
Personalized Medicine
Erica Ramos