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Should I get my DNA tested? We asked five experts

The Conversation
22 Aug 2019, 06:18 GMT+10

With the advent of online ancestry DNA testing, and advancements in genetic screening for various medical aliments, we're able to know more than ever about the genes that make us who we are.

But is there a point to knowing we're 25% Irish? And is there a point to knowing we could one day be struck down with a disease we're unable to prevent?

We asked five experts if we should consider a DNA test.

Four out of five experts said yes

Here are their detailed responses:

If you have a "yes or no" health question you'd like posed to Five Experts, email your suggestion to: alexandra.hansen@theconversation.edu.au

None of the authors have any interests or affiliations to declare.

Authors: Alexandra Hansen - Chief of Staff, The Conversation | David Kirchhoffer - Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre, Australian Catholic University | Jane Tiller - Ethical, Legal & Social Adviser - Public Health Genomics, Monash University | Julian Savulescu - Visiting Professor in Biomedical Ethics, Murdoch Children's Research Institute; Distinguished Visiting Professor in Law, University of Melbourne; Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, University of Oxford | Martin Delatycki - Director of Bruce Lefroy Centre for Genetic Health Research, Murdoch Children's Research Institute | Sylvia Metcalfe - Professor, Murdoch Children's Research Institute The Conversation

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