Genetic testing for familial Alzheimer's must be debated

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7363.549 (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:549
  1. Josep M Garcia, registered nurse (josepmgarcia@hotmail.com),
  2. José Luis R Martín, researcher
  1. Corporacio Parc Taulí, E-08202 Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain
  2. Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau, E-08025 Barcelona

    EDITOR—Rigg's news item about genetic testing for familial Alzheimer's disease in a Spanish hospital highlights the need to extend the current debate in the Spanish press to the scientific community.1 In spite of its high genetic penetrance, environmental factors can also determine the phenotypic presentation of familial Alzheimer's disease.2 Since the disease is currently incurable and no interventions have been proved to either prevent or delay the onset of the disease, considerations of the quality of life of future patients are paramount.

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