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A duty to recontact in genetics: context matters

Rapid advances in genomic technologies and their increasing clinical application are driving the need for a policy on whether to recontact patients to inform them of new genetic discoveries that may have relevance to their health. Importantly, the duty to recontact is context-specific, and professionals should be offered guidance accordingly.

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This paper is written as part of the technology assessment of next-generation sequencing in personalized oncology (TANGO) project, funded by ZonMw, The Hague, Netherlands.

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Giesbertz, N.A.A., van Harten, W.H. & Bredenoord, A.L. A duty to recontact in genetics: context matters. Nat Rev Genet 20, 371–372 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41576-019-0121-7

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