Ethical Debate - Megan Lawless BioG 125 Choose an ethical...

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Megan Lawless BioG 125 10/3/07 Choose an ethical debate related to the Human Genome Project and write a position paper. Introduce the nature of the debate and what the controversies are. Explain what your position is and why. Make clear and logical arguments supporting your opinions and claims. Cite your sources. -genetic testing done on a man and a woman who want to have children together -done if one has a family history of a disease -if disease is recessive, both must be tested -if he/she/they are both carriers, they have to decide whether or not to have a baby -can adopt, in vitro using a donor’s egg/sperm, not have kids -if they decide to have children anyway, more decisions -test the fetus for deformities? - alpha-fetoprotein test -prenatal tests for specific enzymes -ultrasound -amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) -DNA marker test -If fetus is found to have disease/ problems, more decisions -keep the baby -abortion -Scientists believe that prenatal testing may someday be used not only to avoid disease, but to select for desired features - Some parents are using prenatal tests to choose the sex of their child. In some countries in which the culture values boys more than girls, ultrasound and amnio are used mainly to check the sex of the fetus. If the fetus is a girl, it is aborted
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Megan Lawless BioG 125 10/3/07 “Genetic Testing of Parents and Unborn Children for Disease” With the recent advances in genetic research, people have available to them a wide range of tests that can predict the possibility one has of developing certain diseases. For example, a
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