A husband and wife have a child who suffers from cystic fibrosis (CF), an incurable, fatal hereditary disease that
resus in frequent infections and difficuy breathing. The couple wants to determine their risk of having another child with this disorder. Because CF is a recessive disorder, a child usually must inherit the CF gene from both parents to get the disease. A child with just one CF gene is a carrier: Such a person doesn’t have the disorder ‘but can pass the trait on to the next generation. The DNA test revealed that the mother of the child carried the CF trait; however, her husband did not. The DNA tests showed that he was not the biological father of the child.
The fact significantly decreased the couple’s chance of having another child with CF. But the test has put the counselor in a difficu situation. Should the counselor tell the couple about the nonpaternity findings? Should the mother be told privately? If so, is the center colluding with the mother to withhold information from the husband?
In addition, this case brings up issues concerning the biological father of the child. This man has not contracted with the genetics center fur. the test, yet the counselor now knows that this man is probably a carrier of the mutant gene for CF. Should the genetic counselor call this man and tell him about his risk? (Do not answer this question unless you feel like including it)