‘We arguably saved their lives’: Newborn DNA-sequencing reveals elevated cancer risks for parents

June 2023

“There are ethicists who say a child should not be used as a genetic canary in a coal mine — that one member of a family should not be used without their consent as the access point for a whole family, but I’d like to challenge that. Look at these mothers. We arguably saved their lives. Are you really going to put that up against a theoretical loss of autonomy at some point in the child’s future?” says Robert C. Green, MD, MPH.