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Rachel Schwarz ZOO 161-AC Gene Testing Gene testing has many controversial ethical issues and has been in debate in scientific communities in recent years. Genetic screening tests a person with no symptoms to determine if a person has a preventable or treatable genetic disorder. Genetic testing has both advantages and disadvantages. An advantage of genetic screening is that it permits those who are at risk for a genetic disorder to reduce their risk. It can help reduce risk in future generations and it can alert people if they carry a recessive or dominant allele. For example, the incidence of Tay-Sachs disease has decreased ten times in Jewish children. However, there also seem to be numerous disadvantages to gene testing. First, if a patient
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Unformatted text preview: receives news that they are at risk for a certain disease, it can cause debilitating results. It may cause depression or anxiety in the carrier. Second, there are concerns as to if the results of the gene testing will remain confidential. Many are worries that test outcomes will be distributed amongst employers or health insurers. In my opinion, all people being tested should be told the results. Even if the condition is poorly understood, it is the patient’s right to know what they are at risk for. It seems that genetic testing will remain controversial for years into the future....
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2011 for the course ZOO 161 taught by Professor Haynes during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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