The Social Imperative for Community Genetic Screening: An Australian Perspective

  • MaryAnne Aitken
  • Sylvia Metcalfe
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 30)

In 10 years from now when we go for our driver’s licence, could we be asked to provide a quick cheek brush sample so that our DNA can be analysed to look for some important variations? For example, a variation in a gene that causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) that is associated with heart attack and sudden death.1,2 This has obvious and serious implications if a person is driving. If you do have this variation and are considered to be at high risk, it is possible to be fitted with a tiny monitor under your skin that can detect such an attack before it happens.3 Perhaps in future a person with the HCM gene variant who is considered to be at high risk will only be granted a driver’s licence on the condition that such a device is fitted.


Cystic Fibrosis Alzheimer Disease Down Syndrome Newborn Screening Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • MaryAnne Aitken
    • 1
  • Sylvia Metcalfe
  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

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