Ahoy, parents out there: How do you feel about a DNA test that could tell you what genetic risks your kids carry for medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes and more?
A nationally representative poll of 1,461 parents suggests a great many of us would like to use such at-home genetic tests for our children. In findings from the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, 53% said they were very or somewhat interested in such tests, for the most part because they hoped it would help them prevent disease in their kids.
Those parents who weren't interested — 47% — cited various reasons why not. One major reason was the worry the results would bring them. Another was fear of discrimination against their kids on the basis of the results.
Such tests are already available — not only ones that offer disease-risk data but also ones far wackier-sounding. Just a few days ago we blogged on the marketing of DNA talent tests for kids — way-ahead-of-the-science tests that promise to reveal to you your children's true talents, true personality, true likes and dislikes.