Teenagers should be offered gene tests to see if they are carrying incurable diseases that could be passed on to children, official guidelines say.
They would be encouraged to undergo screening which would show up any DNA flaws that determine inherited conditions such as cystic fibrosis and Down’s syndrome. The guidelines say 15 and 16-year-olds should be offered the tests before they start having sex or settle down.
But campaigners warn that the blood tests could lead to a form of ‘eugenics’. Dr Helen Wallace, of GeneWatch UK branded the move ‘dangerous and misleading’.