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The Ethics Of DNA Testing And Ethical Dilemmas

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As time goes on civilizations find innovations to make living a little bit easier. However, new frontiers often bring struggles. In Flackelmann’s articles on “ The Ethics of DNA Testing” four situations are given and later followed by a comprehensive analysis by both the public and by experts in ethics, law, genetics and any other various fields that correlate with the cases’ scenarios. The first scenario (titled “ A Case of Dwarfism”) describes the story of a couple who are carrying the gene for achondroplasia, meaning they both are dwarfs. The counselor tells the parents that through genetic testing they can find out whether or not the child will have dwarfism as well. The couple has made 3 decisions; the first being that if the child has…show more content…
Consequently, it’s no surprise that my group and I had many different views. Our first discussion was about the couple that had dwarfism. For their own discretion I will label them Group member A and Group member B. Group member A agreed with the couple’s decision to abort the baby who would be homozygous for the gene but, found an issue with aborting the healthy fetus. “ It doesn’t seem right, they could just give it up for adoption,” he claimed. Group member B argued that trying to have a child with dwarfism presented an issue with things such as, “the quality of life”. I argued that the couple may want a child who is similar to them for health and disciplining reasons. Also, I suggested that they may not be comfortable raising a child who is significantly different from them. My group could not seem to find common ground with this issue however, we agreed unanimously when it came to the case of paternity and the case about colon cancer . All of us agreed that since the existing child has CF the male should be notified that he is not the biological father. However, we also agreed that this should be discussed privately with the mother then the father. The other case was unanimous because we felt that it was a safety issue, neglecting to tell the other family members would be putting their health in jeopardy. On the…show more content…
I think in an advancing society it is necessary but, with limitations. A person has a right to know about their future children and is entitled to avoid anything they may consider to be too troubling to handle; however, patients should be made aware that the results may be negative or defamatory. But, access to this kind of information requires a serious amount of sensitivity and the person handling it should be aware of this and understand that the only ethics that have entitlement in this situation are the subjects’ . I think it’s all very delicate and subjective. There should be many considerations when having a child or dealing with one’s genetics but, the most important one is quality of life. As long as the ethics support that they are not only beneficial but,
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