Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Testing for the BRCA gene


"Genetic testing, including testing for BRCAI and BRCA2, should be regarded as halakhically mandated in circumstances in which medical science believes that the results are likely to affect treatment in a manner that will enhance longevity anticipation or well-being. Certainly, a person identified as being at risk for a specific disease is obligated to pursue all available measures in order to ward off the disease or to diagnose its presence while the disease is yet in an incipient stage and still amenable to cure."

(Rabbi J. David Bleich, Genetic Screening, Tradition 34:1 (2000) pg. 77)

Have a great day,

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