Genetic Testing in Animals: The Benefits and Drawbacks
In recent years genetic testing for animals has grown in popularity. More people are opting to test their pets against a range of conditions and diseases. The results of genetic testing in animals can give valuable information on their health and be used to diagnose, treat or prevent some conditions. Genetic testing can have both positive and adverse effects on animals. The main benefit of genetic testing for animals is its ability to detect potential health problems early on before they get serious. Genetic testing can be used to prevent certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and others. Breeders can also benefit from genetic testing to help them produce better, healthier animals. (Ley, 2017). However, genetic testing of animals has its downsides. One of these is the high cost of genetic testing, which can prove to be costly. Some experts also argue that genetic testing may lead to more animal cruelty. (McClelland, 2018).