Brooke Levenseller ’13M, who earned her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at Arcadia University, published her thesis project in the Journal of Genetic Counseling. The paper, titled “Stakeholders’ Opinions on the Implementation of Pediatric Whole Exome Sequencing: Implications for Informed Consent,” was co-authored by Levenseller’s mentor Dr. Laura Conway, assistant director of genetic counseling, along with Dr. Diana Harris and individuals from the University of Pennsylvania.
The study addresses the future of whole exome sequencing through assessments of professionals, parents and adolescents. The subsequent topics discussed include the role of the patient in the decision-making process and the concern of returning results. Ultimately, Levenseller and her colleagues conclude that the lack of guidelines regarding consent and the return of results presents a major challenge to genetic counselors and the study of whole exome sequencing.