Potential Alzheimer’s Disease Blood Test Raises Ethical Concerns
On the surface, the prospect of a simple test that can identify Alzheimer’s disease years before it appears symptomatically seems like a miracle. But, when a promising study was recently announced suggesting one such test may be coming sooner than previously thought, many experts seemed discomforted.
Currently, there is no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Learning that you are likely to develop Alzheimer’s with no solution could be more of a curse than a gift.
The American Association of Retired Persons touched on these issues in their latest bulletin, asking researchers to explain their thoughts and possible concerns about potential tests for currently non-treatable diseases. It opens many questions about the ethical responsibility of researchers and whether we are prepared for some discoveries.