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Parents 'Want Child Gene Tests'


Health & Wellness  (tags: Parents, children, Gene test, diseases, health )

Anna
- 1344 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Parents believe the benefits of testing their children for the genetic risk of some diseases outweigh the negative consequences, according to US scientists.



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Kate Kenner (212)
Monday April 18, 2011, 5:33 am
I can tell from the headline that is is about science running amok Soon parents to be will be putting desired traits into a computer and out will come their perfect child. OK hopefully that is crazy but I have to wonder. My theory is you jut work with whoever comes out. If people feel they need to plan the traits of their child they probably should not be parents.. children with parents like that will ahve a lot of pressure on them. BAd idea.
 

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Monday April 18, 2011, 5:51 am
Noted with thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday April 18, 2011, 10:36 am
iI dont think thats a good idea. noted with concern
 

Randi Felix (39)
Monday April 18, 2011, 11:00 am
Helen Wallace, from genetic science lobby group Genewatch UK, said: "Online gene tests frequently give misleading results because most common conditions such as cancer, obesity or diabetes are not predicable from a person's genes, except in special circumstances.

"Children should not be tested for risk of adult-onset conditions, full stop. They should be allowed to decide for themselves, with medical advice, when they are grown up."



WHY DONT WE JUST LET NATURE HANDLE THINGS LOVE YOUR CHILD DONT PUT THEM IN A SITUATION WHERE THERE ARE SOOO MANY RISKS WHEN THEY ARE NOT EVEN BORN YET? REALLY THINK CLEARLY ON THIS. HOWEVER THE FACT STILL REMAINS THAT ITS HER BODY AND SHE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO WHAT SHE FEELS IS RIGHT WITHOUT JUDGEMENT FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY THAT ARE ON THE OUTSIDE NOT LIVING HER LIFE SO WE SHOULD ALL MAKE SURE TO KEEP THAT IN MIND AS WELL.
 

Jarra G. (0)
Monday April 18, 2011, 12:01 pm
Can it be 100% correct, I do not think there is any scientific data that says you will get a certain disease because of your genetic makeup
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday April 18, 2011, 12:23 pm
thank you
 

Ginger Strivelli (20)
Monday April 18, 2011, 12:34 pm
Parents need to accept and be thankful for whatever child with whatever 'defects' Mother Nature blesses them with.
 

Matt S (1)
Monday April 18, 2011, 1:01 pm
Making gene tests for born or unborn child will not make any better for the kid. Number one the child is already born or going to born and the gene is already established in the body. Secondly the kid is human and should not be treated like a machine, if theres any defective part of the anotomy or there is undesirable gene present in the kids, it cannot be just replace like machine parts with another unit without causing much hardship to the person. So, parents should first see for themselves the kind of gene they have in themselves and decide having kids instead of trying to change or repair the kids genes later. Once kids are born things are completed let them grow and feed them with suitable healthy food and thats most important.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (114)
Monday April 18, 2011, 2:23 pm
indeed !
 

Dianna M. (16)
Monday April 18, 2011, 3:32 pm
Oh, good, if the new health care laws are repealed, now insurance can gene-test and deny coverage for 'pre-existing conditions'!

But they'll probably keep the results to themselves until that condition manifests, after you've made several decades' worth of payments . . .
 

Mary L. (138)
Monday April 18, 2011, 3:52 pm
This is nuts. I can understand testing where genetically heritable diseases are a concern but this sounds like a movie called Gattaca from 1997. If you've never seen it or don't remember it, check it out.
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Monday April 18, 2011, 5:09 pm
Child Gene Test..! This is insane medical practice. They ought to be thankful for what God give them weather it's a boy or girl. Who knows in practice they may be stealing your dna as well.
 

Kara C. (15)
Monday April 18, 2011, 6:10 pm
Testing for hereditary conditions yes that's a good idea. Testing for things that aren't found in your family or that can be prevented by good lifestyle is pointless and unlikely to be right.
As Mary mentioned it does sounds a little like Gattaca, in seeing the child's medical future straight away (though to a much lesser extent and no you will die at this age of this condition.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Monday April 18, 2011, 6:21 pm
I am with Kara C. on that one. There is no down side to genetic testing for cetain conditions and genetic proclivities (sexuality, addiction, etc.) in order to be forewarned about potential problems down the road and allow the parents to be prepared for what lies ahead for their child and how to cope with it in the long run.

Fore warned is fore armed.
 

Kaye S. (45)
Monday April 18, 2011, 7:07 pm
Well, good luck with what ever you think that you can do.
 

William Y. (54)
Monday April 18, 2011, 9:10 pm
noted
 

Jennifer W. (48)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 12:19 am
I have seen the results of not testing for abnormalities. Very sad to see a little child and their parents struggling with incapacity and chronic illness. 'Testing' will help humanity- not harm it. Be brave science.
 

Matt S (1)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 12:57 am
We have seen abnormality in some children born because of either derived from faulty genes inherited from their parents or mainly due to alcohol or drug abuse by the mother while conceiving the child. In fact there is no remedy to repair defective featus at this point in time. Therefore, it is better or more logic for the parents to get themselves tested before planning to have children. Normal healthy parents usually produce healthy offsprings.
 

Rana Sinha (50)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 5:00 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

J. R. (0)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 7:07 am
I hope that people will remember that no action in Life is without unexpected consequences - it is usually called: learning.
 

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 7:44 am
Wasn't there a German Doctor during the 30's and early 40's into this kind of thing? If we truly are trying to understand life, perhaps before it's to late Gene's just aren't the way to that path.
 

Danielle Herie (2)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 6:42 am
INTERESTING DEBATE
 
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