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Predictive genetic testing is offered to asymptomatic adults even when there is no effective treatment.

Predictive genetic testing is offered to asymptomatic adults even when there is no effective treatment. Testing of young people in similar circumstances is controversial, and guidelines recommend against it. Most young people seeking genetic testing want to know (or their parents want to know) if they have a genetic predisposition to develop Huntington's disease.



Should immature young people - say under the age of 14 - be genetically tested for adult-onset diseases that have no effective treatment or cure?

Should mature young people who express a genuine desire to know be genetically tested for Huntington's disease or any other adult-onset disease for which there is no effective treatment?

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In my opinion, immature people say under the age of 14 should not be genetically tested for adult-onset diseases that have no... View the full answer

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