strategy

Using genetic screening

Synonyms:
Using genetic profiling
Testing genetic factors
Description:

Couples who intend to have children can undergo genetic tests to check whether the combination of their genes will predispose their offspring to a genetic disorder. If yes, then the couple may decide not to have children or to receive genetic counselling. Genetic diseases for which one can screen include Tay-Sachs, cystic fibrosis and Gaucher's disease.

Implementation:

In 1999 it was reported that genetic testing on embryos was forbidden in France and Germany on ethical grounds—for fear that it could be used to produce the perfect child—but was legal in Belgium, Britain and the Netherlands.

Subjects:
Genetics
Inspection, tests
Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies