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Genetic Testing of Children: Parental Requests

  1. Jessica Gardner

Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005184

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How to Cite

Gardner, J. 2006. Genetic Testing of Children: Parental Requests. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. British Medical Association, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

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