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GENETIC TESTING: DILEMMA DISCUSSION 2
With the sequencing of the human genome during the last decade,
we now have the ability to screen for various genetic disorders.
People who are going to start a family can sit down with a genetic
counselor and be tested for diseases such as Tay Sachs and Cystic
Fibrosis. We can also have our own DNA screened for diseases like
breast cancer to find out if we are susceptible to them.
All of the early detection technology cannot help us to make
decisions as to what to do with this information. If you find that
you and your partner have a 25% chance of making a baby with Tay
Sachs, do you proceed with pregnancy? Do you take the risk? How
much risk is too much? Would your desire to know be different for a
disease that could potentially be cured, such as breast cancer,
versus one that is always fatal, like Huntingtons Disease?
In your dilemma discussion, you should discuss what type of
testing, if any, you would seek out, and how you would make
decisions based on the results of any testing you had done. Use the
resources below to educate yourself on genetic testing, including
what it can and cannot offer individuals and couples.
Reminder: You MUST have a works cited and cite the sources you
use in the paper. You may use APA or MLA format.