How do you feel about genetic testing?
In a national poll conducted by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital , researchers found 54% of parents are willing to have their children undergo genetic testing even if a disease is found which currently has no available treatment. The study also found almost 40% of parents are willing to store their children’s DNA in a government “biobank” for the purposes of research.
Personally I am a beneficiary of genetic testing and endorse it wholeheartedly. Through genetic testing, we discovered a disease runs in our family. Several family members, both those who are affected and those who are not, are now a part of a large study researching the mechanism of the disease and how it is passed down from generation to generation. I am the kind of person who just has to know things, so I was tested. While I do not have the disease, I was fully prepared to deal with it if I did. I feel if I know things ahead of time, such as if I will probably be the victim of a debilitating disease, I can better prepare for my future not to mention the future of my family.
What do you think? Would you have your child tested? What do you feel about a national biobank? Let’s start a discussion.