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A new medical testing kit allows parents to swab their child’s saliva to test for 60 terminal or disabling conditions.

Results are guaranteed within four weeks and can be life-saving if an otherwise undetected condition is caught early enough, shares Daily Mail.

The NextGen test isn’t cheap at $980, but it screens for rare genetic disorders linked to a range of cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory and muscoskeletal conditions.

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The test was developed by Sydney-based pathology practice Genepath to complement the traditional ‘heel prick’ test newborns receive to check for medical conditions, including cystic fibrosis and hypothyroidism.

Healthcare professionals or parents can carry out the mouth swab on a newborn or older child, with the sample then sent to a lab in Australia for analysis based on DNA sequencing.

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  • If you know there is proof of a risk of genetic diseases I believe the tests should be subsidised by Medicare so that treatment can be started if it stops or lessens the problems it/they cause. I know who has a genetic autoimmune disease that she has to have more tests to determine which one it is. She has chronic arthritis which is a symptom and others of a few autoimmune diseases.

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  • Very expensive but if you can afford it then I probably would do it

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  • Most people can’t afford this security test.

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  • It’s very expensive testing and I don’t think their is a discount for people on health care card.. I had to have my 2 children aged 12 & 14 have 1 genetic testing done a few weeks ago.. it cost $60 each. my father inlaw has what’s called factor 5 it’s a blood clotting. He has the aggressive form. My husband has one form of it and he is a carrier meaning he doesn’t have the aggressive form. His 3 adult children from his marriage only the daughter has the aggressive gene which she gets blood clots and is on walfren for the rest of her life his sons don’t have anything.. we finally got our tests back and both our children are carriers (thank god they don’t have the aggressive form as well) of this gene and know we have to be vigilant while they are still growing up and once they become adults they need to be vigilant

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  • It’s disheartening to know amazing groundbreaking technology and medicine is available but only if you can afford it. It’s sad to think many people who lose lives could potentially be alive based on financial situations

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  • $980 is a lot. I hope it would be 100% accurate.

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  • Oh wow! That’s amazing. Let’s hope the price will go down a little in the next years though.

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