Genetic screening
Testing a population to identify individuals at risk for a genetic disease or for transmitting it. Newborns may be screened for PKU (phenylketonuria), Jews for the gene for Tay-Sachs disease, Blacks for the sickle cell gene, etc.

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screening test to discover individuals whose genotype are associated with specific diseases (see also mouthwash test). Such individuals may later develop the disease itself or pass it on to their children (see carrier). The recent use of genetic screening to diagnose the sex of the fetus so that the parents may 'choose' the sex of their children has caused considerable controversy.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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