Should we test for diseases that can’t be cured?

A final lesson from the history of bioethics is the consensus that if you can’t offer a patient anything to prevent or to ameliorate a terrible disease, why test for it? For newborns with diseases such as Phenylketonuria (PKU), we can test, intervene and prevent bad effects, but as of now, this is not true for Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s.


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