Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Testing for Alzheimer's Disease

            According to an article from Psych Central, researchers have developed genetic testing to inform individuals of their risk for developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Disease. Although the most controversial part of this genetic testing, is the question, of whether the test is sufficient enough to tell whether the disease is a definite determination if you will have the disease. The gene being tested, APOE, Apolipoprotein E, has been shown to significantly increase the risk of a person having Alzheimer’s although genetic inheritance is a major factor. The test raises concerns among the medical community, because there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, and the fact that an individual may or may not get the disease just based on the test alone, could be more harmful for individuals than beneficial.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard about this test before ! It's really interesting, but I don't think I'd really want to get it done, especially since, unfortunately, there is no cure.