Paris: DNA tests designed to pinpoint development disorders in children can also inadvertently reveal whether a child was conceived through incest, a letter published by The Lancet on Friday warned.
In some jurisdictions, a doctor is required to report a likely incestuous relationship to the police or child protection services if the mother of the child is a minor.In cases where the mother is an adult, the doctor`s legal obligation is less clear, although there remains ethical concerns about whether she had been a victim of sexual abuse by her father or a brother.The letter calls on medical institutions to compile a list of guidelines for doctors, drawing on the expertise of geneticians and ethics committees.Bureau Report
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