Genetic prediction of adult onset disease

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6927.535 (Published 05 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:535
  1. S A Simpson,
  2. J C S Dean,
  3. N E Haites
  1. Department of Medical Genetics, Aberdeen Royal Inirmary, Aberdeen AB9 2ZB.

    EDITOR, - Genes for an increasing number of adult onset disorders are being defined, and in this era of budgetary restriction and planning by contract we wonder how long doctors can afford to ignore lessons learnt from predictive testing for Huntington's disease. After the localisation of the locus for Huntington's disease in 19831 caution was initially exhibited by transatlantic colleagues, who wanted patients and their families legally to exonerate them from the consequences of giving bad news and …

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