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Response to requests for genetic testing is not based on age alone

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 28 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:578
  1. Peter S Harpe, consultant in medical genetics,
  2. Ruth Glew, clinical nurse specialist,
  3. Ruth Harper, clinical assistant in medical genetics
  1. Institute of Medical Genetics, Heath Park, Cardiff

    EDITOR—Dickenson's article on genetic testing for adult onset disorders in young people raises an important issue,1 but her statement that “many clinical genetics units operate a bar at 18” suggests a lack of familiarity with current practice in clinical genetics and the way it has evolved since genetic testing for adult onset disorders became feasible.

    She is right to distinguish the situation of adolescents requesting testing from that of parental …

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