Genetic tests that can detect a raised risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer are being offered for the first time to people without family histories of the diseases, The Times has learnt.
The programme, run by University College London (UCL), paves the way for a new approach to preventive medicine involving widespread screening. It will also prompt greater demand for screening of embryos by parents who carry a defective gene and want to avoid passing it to their children.
Yes, an advance. However, desperate cynic that I am, what happens next? Well, of course, a genetic test is umm, sometimes called something else. A DNA test. And if the NHS is going to pay for these they\’ll want to store them all on a central database, won\’t they? You know, on the NHS Spine. And, err, do the police have access to The Spine?
I think they might you know. And thus, voila, a DNA database of the entire population.
But I am paranoid, aren\’t I?