Skip main navigation

New offer! Get 30% off your first 2 months of Unlimited Monthly. Start your subscription for just £35.99 £24.99. New subscribers only T&Cs apply

Find out more

Mr and Mrs Peterson

Mr and Mrs Peterson discuss their options for genetic testing.

Mr and Mrs Peterson discuss their options for genetic testing.

Please note: Mr and Mrs Peterson are fictional characters invented for teaching purposes, and these clinical scenarios are designed to exemplify teaching points, rather than represent what would occur in the genetics clinic.

Any resemblance to any real individuals is purely coincidental.

Talking point

Whilst you are watching the video, think about the terminology the doctor uses to discuss genetic information with the couple.

Should emotive terms like “mistake” be used, or should the doctor stick to scientific terms, such as “mutation”? What might be the advantages and disadvantages of each approach?

This article is from the free online

The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now