One in TEN Britons does not know who their real father is & # 39 ;: Health Boss reveals shocking statistics of DNA tests for hereditary disease and doctors DO NOT reveal the truth to patients
- Genetic tests reveal that one in ten people in the UK have a different father
- Ian Cumming, chief executive of Health Education England, exposed the finding
- Families are not currently told whether a child has a different father
Genetic tests conducted by medical professionals show that up to one in ten people in the UK do not have the father they think has announced a top health boss.
Ian Cumming, Chief Executive of Health Education England, said the situation raises some difficult questions for health services.
The chairman of the NHS Leadership Board for England also explained that people are currently not told whether genetic testing within families emphasizes a case of paternal discrepancy because it is simply a & # 39; coincidence finding & # 39; of the procedure.
But with sequencing of the entire genome that is likely to be generally available in the next 10 years, he said it was a & # 39; moral quandry & # 39; was to be solved.
Genetic tests reveal that up to one in ten people in the UK have a different father than those who think they do, have revealed a top health boss
At Hay festival in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, he said: & The other issue, this is a good grade from the University of Manchester, when you look at people who have had genetic tests in families for other reasons Then try to work out fatherhood, for one in ten people your father is not who you think it is.
& # 39; Now this is an incidental finding of genetic testing right now, we are not telling people because it is an uncertain finding.
& # 39; Are we going to tell people & # 39; that is not your father & are we going to keep that information for ourselves within healthcare?
& # 39; I don't think this is ethically acceptable in this country. & # 39;
Research published in 2005 looked at paternal discrepancy – when a child is identified as being biologically conceived by someone other than the man who believes he is the father.
Rates varied between studies conducted from 0.8 percent to 30 percent.
Ian Cumming, chief executive of Health Education England, said people are not being told about the discrepancies at this time. But this can change in the next 10 years
It also found that those who are pregnant, living in hardship, or living in long-term relationships – rather than in marriages or in certain cultural groups – run a greater risk of having a child with paternal conflict.
At the time the study warned that increasing paternity testing and the use of DNA techniques in clinical and legal proceedings meant that more cases would probably be identified.
The problem was raised during a discussion about long-term changes that the NHS must make to keep up with a changing society.
Professor Cumming said that one thing to consider was the increasing demand for and ability to perform sequencing of the entire genome.
Although it offers the possibility to warn people that they have a genetically increased risk of developing certain diseases, such as breast cancer, it also raises moral questions about when and whether to tell patients.
He explained: & # 39; Within the next 10 years we will probably sequence 100% of the entire genome that wants to determine the sequence.
& # 39; That will give us all kinds of information about the likelihood of people developing certain conditions, certain diseases.
& # 39; It will allow us to predict when they can happen. In some cases, preventive actions may be taken.
& # 39; It will certainly make it possible for individuals to be closely monitored.
& # 39; But it's not without controversy, if we can predict that someone has an increased chance of getting breast cancer, when will you tell that?
& # 39; Do you tell their parents when they were born? Do you tell them when they are 12, 14, 16, 18?
& # 39; Do people want to know? There is a lot of complexity around the ethics of this. & # 39;
The NHS can perform genetic testing to diagnose a condition, determine if someone is likely to develop one, or determine if they have a genetic mutation.
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