Should DNA tests be part of the routine lab testing done by doctor's offices?
At this point, I would say no. There are genetic disorders that we know are issues, like BRAC1's link to breast cancer. Other genes we know have some correlation to depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and creativity. And you can have the gene and not have mental illness. We don't want whole genetic testing and labeling people a la the movie "Gattaca".
I do not have a problem with the newborn genetic testing mandated by my state to screen for disorders that pose a threat to the health of the child if not diagnosed early like PKU. It is both limited in scope and clear in the benefit - in many cases preventing disability or severe developmental problems for the child.
I say no. It's too expansive, and expensive. DNA TESTING IS TOO COMPLICATED. My children's genetic disorder took 3 months from testing to diagnoses and 3 different groups of test and that's just one group. How would a doctors office be able to deal with all that. I say leave it up to the labs, specialist and geneticists. That's a lot of training and our doctors have little time for patients already.
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