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  • Economics Of Genetic Testing Genetic
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    Genetic Testing: Essential for the Future of US Healthcare System Healthcare in America is in a crisis. By 1996, more than 43 million Americans were uninsured. By 2010, the number is expected to rise to 57 million. These figures are already shocking, but they are even more so considering that the healthcare costs of the US total $1.2 trillion or 15% of the gross national product (GNP) - the highest in the world. The rise in healthcare costs has been the result of a multitude of factors: aging of...
  • Genetic Testing And Gene Therapy
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    .".. research on the human genome and the resulting applications open up vast prospects for progress in improving the health of individuals and of humankind as a whole... such research should fully respect human dignity, freedom and human rights, as well as the prohibition of all forms of discrimination based on genetic characteristics", (UNESCO Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, July 1997) The Human Genome Project (HP) is a co-ordinated, international research programme, which ai...
  • Forms Of Genetic Engineering
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    Today there is not a person in the United States is familiar with Dolly the lamb. She is one of the many new advances made in genetic engineering. Genetic testing is being done all over the world and scientists are all after the same goal. Tremendous amount of funds have been spent to help researchers reach their goal in genetic engineering. It is now being forested that genetically ailing diseases could be wiped out along with famine and partial poverty. Genetic engineering may be able to help ...
  • Future Health Status Including Genetic Information
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    The Ethical Implications of the Human Genome Project Imagine that an enormous space-traveling rocket was under construction in Florida. Books and articles described the selection of the crew, the construction problems, and the likely cost. However, little attention was paid to its destination or mission after it arrived. This was not what happened, of course, when the Apollo project landed men on the moon for the first time. This analogy works very well in describing another large government-fun...
  • Sterilization Of Persons With Mental Retardation
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    Sterilization of the developmentally disabled or the mentally retarded is an issue that has long been debated in America. Mental retardation is defined as the inability to learn normally and develop mentally. Traditionally in America if a mentally retarded person was born to a family, that family had 2 choices- take care of the child at home, or it was strongly recommended that the child was sent to a state run institution or hospital. The state institution was where this person would spend his ...
  • Genetic Engineering's Possibilities
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    The Biological Revolution The year is 2025, parents can now ensure that their children will not be prone to addictions, mental illness and are even resistant to AIDS. Diseases are considered a burden of previous generations. Even the process of aging can be manipulated to suit man. No longer will people worry about looking or feeling old. Science has now found a way around the clock. Human genetic engineering, which is just fiction now may not remain fiction in the future. Recently the multi-bil...
  • Genetic Testing In Negative Ways
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    Outline Thesis: Large corporations, such as insurance companies, and governments are looking to save money on future policyholders through the use of genetic testing. General information on the Human Genome Project Time of discussion leading up to implementation Who was involved Where does the funding come from Insurance Companies and discrimination Discrimination against unborn children Genetic testing for 'bad'; or unwanted traits Fix vs. Abort Not covering unborn with unwanted traits Denying ...
  • Food By Genetic Engineering
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    Commonly eaten genetically engineered foods may have been harmful effects on a human's health. Genetic engineering is the procedure cutting and splicing DNA, to unnaturally alter the genes of a human. This technique is used by scientists to transfer desirable qualities from one organism to another. The method of genetically modifying food is new to the human food digestive tract, so without long-term testing no one knows if these foods are safe. Yet, the methods that we do use today are not a re...
  • Certain Genetic Diseases
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    Human Genome Project Scientists are taking medical technology to new heights as they race to map all of the genes in our body. There are about 100,000, in the 23 chromosomes of the human body. In doing this they hope that they can understand the basis of the genes and maybe even develop methods of treating certain genetic diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Muscular Dystrophy. The scientists identify the DNA sequence of someone with the disease and then compare it to a person without the disease. ...
  • Nf 1 Gene Product Neurofibromine
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    The National Institute of Health defines Neurofibromatoses as group genetic disorders that affects the development and growth of neural cell tissues. These disorders cause tumor growth in nerve tissues, skin changes, and in some cases bone deformities. Of the eight possible subtypes of Neurofibromatosis (NF) at least 85% are represented by NF Type 1, also known as von Recklinghausen or classic peripheral neurofibromatosis. It has a prevalence of about 1: 4000 live births. An additional ten perce...
  • Non Medical Use Of Genetic Information
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    Genetics: Issues of IVF, screening, pre-selection, genetic testing, cloning and the social implications. James Watson once said, We used to think that our fate was in our stars. Now we know that, in large measure, our fate is in our Genes (Jaroff 1998). On June 26th 2000, The Human Genome Project will unveil its rough draft mapping of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences within the human chromosomes (genetic code), to the public. The project has been ongoing since the late eighties, and is ...
  • Genetic Test
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    Genetic Testing and Its Social Implications Essay written by kasi m dir il Probably, applied genetics most impacts on society are as a result of genetic tests. In general, genetic tests seek to detect some feature of a persons genetic constitution. This feature can be a disease causing mutation or a marker DNA sequence used to detect presence of another gene. Obviously these procedures used for testing the status of DNA, RNA or chromosomes are included in genetic tests. What is more it is possib...
  • Prenatal Test
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    Is it morally right to peer into a mothers womb and select a childs future according to how it is progressing or how healthy it is Is it right to use the capabilities that science has uncovered to create our children Or should those decisions and concerns be left for God According to Kim Painter prenatal testing is about reassurance; couples expect to learn that their babies will be fine. But its also about avoiding the births of disabled children. Many people think that using prenatal genetic t...
  • Genetic Factors Heritability Of Intelligence
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    Intelligence: Genetic and Environmental Factors One of the most interesting and controversial areas in behavioral genetics, human intelligence is currently assumed to be subject to both genetic and environmental influences. While this assumption is accepted by a majority of geneticists and behavioral scientists, there is great disagreement on the degree of influence each contributes. Arguments for environmental influences are compelling; at the same time there is growing evidence that genetic in...
  • Abortions Of Down Syndrome Children
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    Choosing whether or not to keep an unborn fetus, after genetic testing shows the child has Down syndrome, is a difficult decision for most women. Genetic testing is a sophisticated diagnostic test used today to determine the health of a fetus. While they are most often prescribed for mothers-to-be over the age of 35, who run the highest risk of having children with birth defects, younger women frequently request them simply to set their minds at ease. When problems are found women are faced with...
  • Result In Genetic Disorders
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    Since the discovery of the DNA molecule in 1952, scientists have been working to understand how it works and which segments influence which parts or functions of the body. The Human Genome Project, begun in October 1990, hopes to identify these segments. Once the "normal" genetic sequences are identified, scientists work to find mutations that result in genetic disorders. A number of these mutations have been found and tests are being developed to help identify individuals carrying these mutatio...
  • Projects Like Genome Research
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    While creationist and evolutionists are arguing over who is right and where we (being the human race) came from, the rest of us are left to worry where all the advances in DNA / genome research will lead us. Australia has been slow to jump on the genome research bandwagon and become involved in larger scale research. Yet for biological and medical research we have contributed strongly. To undertake such projects like genome research, funding and facilities are a must have, what many institutions...
  • Genetic Disease
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    Genetic Screening: A medical miracle or Moral Outrage On the mouths of many political figures in Washington these days, is the highly charged debate about genetic screening. Genetic screening is the process of looking for indications of a genetic disease by the use of DNA, blood or tissue samples. Genetic screening is sometimes done to determine if a person can pass on a genetic disease, or even if he or she is not at risk for developing the actual condition. This is also now being used in some ...
  • Genetic Testing And Information
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    Genetic Testing And Individuals With Disabilities Some individuals within the disabilities community have stated that the use of genetic testing, which results in the abortion of fetuses with certain traits or dispositions, can be interpreted as a form of eugenics. Prenatal screening programs that prevent the occurrence of children being born do exist, as noted earlier in the state of California. "The success of the program is evaluated not in terms of information given to mothers but rather in ...
  • Genetic Information To Insurance Companies
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    A Massive Project for the Benefit of Mankind: A Look at the Human Genome Project Scientists are taking medical technology to new heights as they race to map all of the genes, nearly 100,000, in the 23 chromosomes of the human body. Along the way, they hope to understand the basis of, and maybe even develop methods of treating certain genetic diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Muscular Dystrophy. They plan to do this by identifying the DNA sequence of an abnormal gene in which a disease originates...

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