Major

Bioethics

Anticipated Graduation Year

Spring 2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

Since the advent of prenatal genetic testing, the amount of information available to prospective parents has expanded rapidly. Whole genome sequencing and machine learning will see this expansion of information become an explosion in the near future, overwhelming parents with information that may prove empowering or toxic.

This poster will analyze the moral dimensions of next-generation prenatal testing. We analyze information overload, value neutrality in genetic testing, and the intersection of testing and termination. We conclude that advances in prenatal genetic testing must be accompanied by rigorous reflection and self-moderation, lest this information affect parents, pregnancy, and society, negatively.

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Next-Generation Prenatal Testing

Since the advent of prenatal genetic testing, the amount of information available to prospective parents has expanded rapidly. Whole genome sequencing and machine learning will see this expansion of information become an explosion in the near future, overwhelming parents with information that may prove empowering or toxic.

This poster will analyze the moral dimensions of next-generation prenatal testing. We analyze information overload, value neutrality in genetic testing, and the intersection of testing and termination. We conclude that advances in prenatal genetic testing must be accompanied by rigorous reflection and self-moderation, lest this information affect parents, pregnancy, and society, negatively.