Dr Fida explained that genetic profiling is a good solution if both parents have an autosomal recessive disease such as sickle cell or beta thalassemia, which could lead to up to 25% of an affected foetus.
Also, genetic testing won't eliminate the need for PSA screening and digital rectal exams, he says, and studies are necessary to work out the best way to use genetic profiling and how to respond to a positive test.
Despite the apparent impossibility of what is called 'personalised medicine', medical experts warn that scientists from developing countries need to start genetic profiling to see how the genes of their citizens affect the diseases they experience.
Now, however, genetic profiling of several of the most common sarcomas--similar to the DNA fingerprinting used to identify criminals--may enable pathologists to accurately diagnose most soft-tissue sarcomas.
Large investments are already taking place across the industry, with life science firms actively trying to enter the software world and software players looking to capture start-up genetic profiling companies.