chapter  5
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Testing Times: Bioethics and ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Genetics

Couples are to be offered a groundbreaking genetic test that would virtually eliminate their chances of having a baby with any one of more than 100 inherited diseases. The simple saliva test, which identifi es whether prospective parents carry genetic mutations that could cause life-threatening disorders such as cystic fi brosis, spinal muscular atrophy or sickle-cell anaemia in their children, is to be launched within weeks in Britain. . . .