Effects of Genetic Discrimination

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The new advancements in genetics spark a new revolution in medicine. Genetic information not only can help us better understand the diseases that plague us, but can also prevent diseases that could potentially be harmful to us. However America’s history of discrimination has taken over this new revolution also. Despite our revolutionized and civilized culture, America still suffers the cruel grip of evil that lies behind many legal documents and contracts. Genetic Discrimination is when people are treated differently by their employer or insurance company because they have or are perceived to have a gene mutation that causes or increases the risk of an inherited disorder. Although insurance companies and many employers are looking out for their companies genetically discriminating against clients or employees promotes the public’s weariness about the revolutionized genetic tests and also discourages further medical research.
Although science of genetics still has to be improved to able to accurately predict genetic conditions, the information it provides can be a good indicator of future illnesses. This helps psychologically prepare and “receive genetic counseling” (Amy) and prepare for any surgery that may be required to prevent the disease. This new invention has opened up amazing possibilities and should be used in order to better our health. The small group of people who aren’t afraid of the possible consequences believe that their “life is worth more than the cost of
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