Test children’s genes before they have sex

Source: The Telegraph

DNA Molecule display, Oxford UniversityChildren should be encouraged to undergo genetic testing before they become sexually active to check whether they could pass on “hidden” abnormalities to their offspring, a government advisory group will say this week.

The Human Genetic Commission will recommend that so-called preconception tests should be much more widely available. The screening allows specialists to see if potential parents are hidden carriers of genetic conditions.

Those who are found to be at greater risk of passing on a disease or abnormality have the option to seek IVF treatment, use donor eggs or sperm, or to adopt instead.

The tests raise questions about the extent to which doctors should intervene in nature. Suggesting that children have their genetic make-up analysed will add to the controversy.

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