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—While we appreciate the letter by Drs Fradkin and Gorden in elaborating the role of the NIDDK in CF carrier screening, we believe that our comments are not inaccurate. In our article, we clearly acknowledged the central role of the NIDDK in sponsoring the NIH workshop. Fradkin and Gorden have taken some of our statements out of context. We stated the following: "Despite the anticipation of CF carrier testing 15 years earlier, no mechanisms had been put in place to develop policy in a proactive manner. Thus, almost by default, ASHG was placed in the position of responding to the commercial interests of biotechnology companies and organizing an NIH workshop...."Fradkin and Gorden are correct that the ASHG did not "organize" the NIH workshop, but the ASHG's formative role is evidenced by the fact that the NIH workshop included the entire membership of the ASHG ad hoc committee
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