Can children and young people consent to be tested for adult onset genetic disorders

British Medical Journal 318:1063-1066 (1999)
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Abstract
What should we do about children and young people who want to be tested for incurable, adult onset, genetic disorders? In particular, what should a general practitioner do if he or she believes the young person is competent to decide, but the regional genetics unit refuses to test anyone under 18? In this article I discuss such a case (drawn from actual practice, but anonymised), and consider the arguments for and against allowing the young person to be tested in terms of good practice, case and statute law, empirical evidence, and ethics.
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