Implications of the New Genetics for Screening for Cystic Fibrosis
Lancet. 1988 Sep 17; 2(8612): 672-674.
Since identification of chromosome 7 as the site of the gene mutation responsible for cystic fibrosis (CF) in 1985, rapid progress has been made in defining the precise locus of the gene. It is confidently predicted that the nature of the mutation will soon be known and that within 2 years there will be tests capable of identifying homozygotes and heterozygotes with total accuracy. How can such tests be used to the greatest benefit for individuals and society? Can the new technology be applied to a whole population, and if so how can its value be measured?
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