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Chapter 16, Problem 69E
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What are the ethical issues involved in the genetic screening of human embryos? Would you favor or oppose the screening of embryos? Are there some kinds of genetic screens that would be acceptable while others would not?

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Interpretation:

The ethical issues involved in the genetic screening of human embryos are to be discussed. Whether there are some kinds of genetic screens that would be acceptable while others would not.

Concept Introduction:

The genetic screening of embryos is done to select one with a healthy number of chromosomes or to avoid a genetic disease, ensuring a genetically normal and healthy child.

Explanation of Solution

The dramatic advances in our scientific understanding have led to the ability to test for genetic modifications associated with diseases. Genetic screening can prevent certain genetic diseases or disorders from being passed on to the child. As the human embryo is involved, this has raised many concerns pertained to whether and when genetic screening should be used, its safety and effectiveness, cost and access, and its social impact when genetics becomes more a matter of choice than chance.

Many people feel that genetic screening would lead to discrimination of individuals on the basis of their genetic makeup. Reproductive decisions will be based on the genetics of the child. Also, if the test goes wrong, it can damage the embryo and the parents will not be aware.

If everyone wants to have the procedure, then it can also lead to the selection of gender...

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