A Christian Perspective on Genetic Testing

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Gina Kolata’s article, Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases (2014), explains that as the increase of the testing of embryos for parents to choose whether or not to have children has also brought its ethical questions in the light. Kolata uses the Kalinskys case, a family in the article, and how their neurological disease, Gerstmann-Straussler-Schinker (GSS), has raised questions for ethicists who have looked into the case. Kolata’s purpose in writing this article is to inform the audience on the growing topic of embryo testing and also the ethical question that also accompany in order to have the audience to develop a personal view on the issue. Given how the author explains the technical terms used within the article, Kolata is writing to an audience that is not fully aware of genetic testing. Amanda Kalinsky found out that she had inherited GSS and was told that there was a possibility that if she were to ever to have kids, there was a chance that her children can also have the disease as well. After Amanda and her husband went to genetic counseling, they opt to have children in vitro fertilization and now have three children without GSS. Despite the fact that the popularity of genetic testing has become quite popular, ethical question arise when it comes to this issue. Some scientists believe that this form of creating children is “ethically justified to help prevent serious adult diseases for which no safe effective interventions are

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