Eliminate diseases Case against perfection what does it say about us as a

Eliminate diseases case against perfection what does

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- Eliminate diseases Case against perfection: what does it say about us as a society that we are so focused on genes? - Human Genome project has enabled us to look at genes and predict diseases…. - But are we over weighing out genes? Businesses developed in last 15 years - Atlas sports genetics: allows parents to purchase a test determine whether kid will be destined to be in certain kinds of sports - Is the kid good at endurance or strength sports? - Pros: - Prevent parental professions - Cons: - It’s the experience of not knowing - Learning a lot more than what you’re good at - Creates pressure, you hate it even though the test says you’re good at it New eugenics - Eugenics mean selective breeding - Holocaust: idea that some people should be reproducing because they are healthy while some people should not be - New way of eugenics: IVF, but where are we headed?? - If we eliminate the predispositions for disabilities what happens when someone becomes disable from an accident? - What happens if we all start to look alike? Medical apartheid reading: those of color were becoming sterilized without consent - Much like what happened before Holocaust The Unfit: “If we look at the history of the people who are unfit for breeding. It was people who
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Final Exam Notes were alcoholic or epileptic were kept from reproducing because they were sterilized against their will. - Optional reading: also happened to Native Americans - Women of color - People in VT, their doctors had to point them out and they would go in for surgeries and their tubes tied. - With our focus of DNA selection, are we putting scientists back in charge or making decisions about who is worthy and who should or should not reproduce (New eugenics basically) Reproduction was looked as a way of managing society - New eugenics movement began in 1920s in US - CT: First Eugenics Society - In Cold Spring Harbor, LI, where we had eugenics records office - Talks about a better society after WWI - Like limiting immigration - Hitler sent scientists over to study, and other societies too because they thought this was the way to create a better society - If we get DNA information encoded, if it becomes available to us then it would be available to other people… which can be exposed to other people… so prejudges for who we marry, what job we get, if we can join the military, who knows? There could be a cultural lag. What is reproduction? Wrapping up the class!
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