Gene test to help you beat death…

…sparks row on ethics

Do you want to know how you will die and when? Or would you rather live without that knowledge? Such a dilemma might only be expected to face characters in a science fiction novel or film. Until now.

The Observer can reveal that genetic tests that promise to foretell accurately our medical future are being sold in growing numbers across Britain.

Dubbed health ‘horoscopes’, they claim to be able to predict with certainty what illnesses you are likely to get throughout your lifetime by revealing inherited traits.

Delivered to your home wrapped like an expensive box of chocolates, the Genovations test offers people the opportunity to find out how likely it is they will suffer from heart disease, cancer, thrombosis, osteoporosis, asthma and a range of other serious medical problems. The Observer