Taking a Look at Genetic Testing

2274 WordsJan 26, 20189 Pages
Ever heard of Genetic Testing? It’s a branch of Genetic Science (Genetic Science is pretty much characterizing the etiology of illness.) that involves testing the Genome to find mutations that cause disease or will cause disease, an example of this being the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, these genes can get a massive variety of genetic mutations that cause cancer. ("Genetic Testing for Cancer: A Complex Decision.") All in all it’s a slowly building advancement in science that’s slowly increasing to a field of massive size. “You know, every week, there’s a new company, there’s a new test, there’s a new competitor.” ("Will Sequencing Your Genes Change The Way You Live ? And Die?.") However it has a lot of controversy and quite a few ethical issues that come along with it, an example being the fact that people that already have defects tend to dislike these tests.(Middleton) However if human lives could be saved or even made better because of this, then why shouldn’t it be allowed to progress? Genetic Testing is definitely a good thing and the field should be allowed to advance. It could save thousands upon thousands of lives. The benefits that come from Genetic Testing far outweigh the risks that come with it. The Human Genome has 50,000 to 100,000 genes within it. ("Genetic Information and the Workplace.") If even one of these genes has a mutation the person could gain serious medical issues. These mutations could be passed down from parents or could just randomly appear
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