Many parents would let child undergo genetic test

April 18, 2011 2:46:09 PM PDT
Would you consider gene testing for your children? According to one study, many parents would.

It finds many parents, if given the opportunity, would test their children themselves to see if they are genetically predisposed to diseases like diabetes or heart disease.

The study in the journal Pediatrics raises concerns because, authors say, these tests usually don't offer a clean bill of health and can be hard to interpret, even in the best scenario. It's the first to look at parent's perceptions of genetic testing and it raises new questions about direct-to-consumer genetic tests.