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Childhood testing for carrier status: the perspective of the Genetic Interest Group

Gillott, J

January 1998

in ‘The Genetic Testing of Children’

Clarke, Angus (ed)

Bios Scientific Publishers

This book, written by a leading geneticist, examines the ethical and social issues raised by the genetic testing of children. The opinions of geneticists, ethicists and affected families are all included to give a balanced view of this controversial field. Issues covered include confidentiality, potential abuses of genetic information (eg the use of test results by insurance companies) and the value of predictive genetic testing.
The aim of the book is to improve awareness of the complexity of the issues raised and provide suggestions as to how the discussions must develop - it therefore raises new questions as well as answering those that already exist.