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essay 2 - Nick Hookham RhetComp 1 Hackbarth 1st Sem 2007...

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Nick Hookham RhetComp 1 Hackbarth 1 st Sem , 2007 Essay #2 The Ethics of Unzipping Genes Science and medicine are constantly whipping up new discoveries that supposedly will change the world as we know it , such as the amazing diet pills that slimmed down even Anna Nicole Smith to Viagra , the wonderful blue pill that has brought the country to amazing new heights . Almost under the radar however , are the advances in genetics and genetic screening . DNA testing is becoming so accurate that scientists can determine the genetic sequences responsible for many major diseases and the markers that are common in those that develop other diseases later in life . This ability raises many moral and ethical issues and thus requires some kind of regulation before the line is crossed too severely . It is ethical to genetically test for disease both pre and post birth; however it is unethical and immoral to use this information to discriminate against any person . First , testing for a disease using genes is completely ethical . In order to test for a gene , all that is needed is a single cell’s worth of DNA , and thus it is completely non invasive and painless to undergo . Some argue that genetic testing is playing God; this however is not true because nothing is being changed in the gene structure , it is only being looked at . Genetic testing is thus no different than checking a pulse or blood pressure because all it can do is give a
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clue to what is going on inside of the body , but checking is not by any means altering it . What is unethical about genetic testing is forcing one to undergo it for a job or insurance purposes . A person has the right to know or not to know what is going on within their own body , and the information gained by genetic testing should be kept private and used only as a tool for diagnosis unless the individual feels otherwise .
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