Genetic Testing of Children: Parental Requests

Abstract

Legal and ethical problems surface in relation to parental requests for genetic testing that offer no direct or immediate benefit to the child. Parents have a responsibility for the care of their children, rather than having rights over them; any decision made regarding the health of their child must be in the best interests of that child.

Keywords: parental responsibility; adult‐onset disorder; late‐onset disorder; parental responsibility rights of the child

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Gardner, Jessica(Jul 2006) Genetic Testing of Children: Parental Requests. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005184]