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Familial Cancer

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 23–25 | Cite as

Are guidelines for genetic testing of children necessary?

  • Angela FenwickEmail author
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Abstract

There is now a plethora of guidance on the genetic testing of children. This paper explores the recommendation that childhood testing for adult on-set conditions should be delayed until the child can make up their own mind. It analyses the underpinning arguments used to support this position and asks whether, given some of the problems with these, the guidelines are really necessary.

Keywords

Autonomy Best interests Children Genetic testing Guidelines 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Medicine, University of SouthamptonSouthamptonHampshire

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