Consumers' desire towards current and prospective reproductive genetic testing

Feighanne Hathaway, Esther Burns, Harry Ostrer

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Abstract

As our knowledge and abilities in molecular genetics continues to expand, so does our ability to detect certain conditions/traits prenatally; however, it is unknown if this increase in scientific ability will be utilized by the consumers of genetic services. Our study gauges the consumers' opinion towards reproductive testing for diseases and enhancements. Prior to their initial visit with a genetic counselor, patients were asked to participate in a survey. These consumers were asked to indicate traits and conditions for which they would choose reproductive genetic testing. The majority of respondents would elect to have prenatal genetic testing for mental retardation (75%), deafness (54%), blindness (56%), heart disease (52%), and cancer (51%). Our results indicated that 49.3% would choose testing for a condition that resulted in death by 5 years of age, whereas only 41.1%, 24.9%, and 19% would choose testing for conditions that results in death by 20, 40, and 50 years of age, respectively. Most respondents did not desire testing for enhancements (e.g. 13% would choose testing for superior intelligence). Our study suggests that consumers desire more reproductive genetic testing than what is currently offered; however, their selection of tests suggests self-imposed limits on testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Genetic
  • Reproductive
  • Screening
  • Testing

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Consumers' desire towards current and prospective reproductive genetic testing. / Hathaway, Feighanne; Burns, Esther; Ostrer, Harry.

In: Journal of Genetic Counseling, Vol. 18, No. 2, 04.2009, p. 137-146.

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Hathaway, Feighanne ; Burns, Esther ; Ostrer, Harry. / Consumers' desire towards current and prospective reproductive genetic testing. In: Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2009 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 137-146.
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