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An Ethical Debate Genetic testing for familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in newborn infants: Parents' comment

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:859

When it was put to John and me that through the research into the family genes it was now possible to screen our daughter, Sarah, at birth, there was no question as to whether it was right or wrong. Our decision to agree to the screening was not difficult as we both believed that the knowledge the results would bring could only benefit us and Sarah.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was not discovered in John's family until two and a half years ago, when his sister Catherine (individual III-7), had been ill and the condition was revealed. As this is a hereditary disorder the whole family was screened. John was 24 when he was told that he too had the condition. This information knocked him for six, and he believes that he …

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