Understanding Genetic Testing
|The Centre has several Fact Sheets which provide information about a number of different types of genetic tests.
Important things to think about
Some ethical issues in human genetics
Ethical issues need to be considered if the benefits are maximised and the harms minimised from the increasing ability to use genetic testing to analyse an individual’s genetic information. Ethical issues that arise are generated from:
- The shared nature and ownership of genetic information
- Limitations of genetic testing
- Inappropriate applications of genetic testing
- The potential for discrimination
- Setting boundaries in applications of the genetics technology
- Forensic DNA databanks
- Patenting of genes
For more detailed information
DNA genetic testing should always be undertaken by a specialist genetic service. The range and extent of genetics services available will vary throughout Australian States and Territories. Very often the service is based in a specialist paediatric or obstetric department of a hospital. While it is preferable to have a referral from a doctor or specialist in order to access genetic counselling services, an appointment can usually be made without any referral. Health care interpreter services are also available.