We allow our son to sleep in his clothes if he chooses, and we don't bug our girls about getting their homework done even if they opt to put it off until the last minute. We're pretty confident that, at some point, pajamas will begin to look more comfortable to our son, and the stress of leaving things until the last minute will reform our daughters. Even if this doesn't happen, these decisions -- along with the bigger ones in life -- are ultimately theirs to make.
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Types of genetic tests
Predictive testing detects genetic abnormalities that increase a person's risk of developing disorders later in life. Tests for the so-called breast cancer genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are good examples -- they identify women who have a very high chance of getting breast and ovarian cancer.
Presymptomatic testing determines whether a person will develop a genetic disorder before any signs or symptoms appear. It is typically performed in individuals known to be at high risk for a particular genetic disease such as Huntington's.