by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted February 4, 2008 in DNA Testing
- You have no idea what DNA is and where it is found in your body. (Although you can easily bring yourself up to speed by reading 100 Facts About DNA.)
- You are on a tight budget and your health insurance won’t cover the cost of DNA testing. (On the other hand, you could raise money publicly like Andrew Meyer at Buzzyeah.)
- You believe that ignorance is bliss.
- You think genetic test results are no better than what you’d get going to your local psychic.
- You’re not convinced that genetic discrimination can be totally banned.
- You are not at high risk of an inherited disease because you live a healthy lifestyle and do not have a positive family medical history. (Of course, there are other more fun reasons to get genetic testing, such as genetic genealogy.)
- You are not prepared to share your DNA test results with family members yet will feel guilty if your results have implications for their health or family relationships, e.g., BRCA breast cancer and ovarian cancer gene or non-paternity event.
- You are not ready to accept any results from a genetic test that do not confirm your pre-existing beliefs. For example, a person with a family history of Huntington’s disease may be shocked to find that they do not carry the HD gene mutation.
- You are not prepared to change your lifestyle even if you are found to have a mutation that increases your risk of a specific disease that involves both genes and environment, e.g., coronary heart disease and obesity.
- You are a fatalistic person and will let genetic information control your life.
What other reasons can you think of to convince someone NOT to take a DNA test?
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