testing home kit which can predict the possibility of about 250 recessive genetic
diseases being passed on to an unborn child has been developed by a Sydney
based company, Lumigenix.
Clients can do this test themselves by taking a sample of their saliva and
sending it to the company. The DNA is tested in the company's laboratory and the
results of the test are posted online. The client can access their information
by giving the correct password.
Researchers feel that this test could give the prospective parents family
planning options until they opt for in-vitro fertilization. However ethicists
warn that this test could create unnecessary anxiety and lead couples into
making misinformed choices about a pregnancy or abortion.