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Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal disease that mainly affects the white population, and 1 in 20 whites are heterozygotes. Genetic testing can diagnose heterozygotes. Should a genetic screening program for cystic fibrosis be instituted? Should the federal government fund it? Should the program be voluntary or mandatory, and why?

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Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305251052
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Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal disease that mainly affects the white population, and 1 in 20 whites are heterozygotes. Genetic testing can diagnose heterozygotes. Should a genetic screening program for cystic fibrosis be instituted? Should the federal government fund it? Should the program be voluntary or mandatory, and why?

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To determine: Whether a genetic screening program should be instituted for cystic fibrosis.

Introduction: Cystic fibrosis is a genetically inherited autosomal disease that affects the glands that produces sweat, mucus, and intestinal secretions. The disease is more common in white population. Around 1 in 20 whites are heterozygote for the disease, which can be diagnosed using genetic testing. Cystic fibrosis cannot be cured, but several treatments available do extend the life expectancy of a person.

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Genetic screening is defined as a systematic search for members of a population with certain genotype. As, the disease is prevalent in white population, and is therefore; related to a particular ethnic group, genetic screening can be a better way for the diagnosis. It will help the individuals to know about the presence/absence of disease at initial stages, and therefore; increase the chance of survival due to more availability of treatment options...

Summary Introduction

To determine: Whether the federal government should fund the instituting of genetic screening programs for cystic fibrosis.

Introduction: Cystic fibrosis is a genetically inherited autosomal disease that affects the glands that produces sweat, mucus, and intestinal secretions. The disease is more common in white population. Around 1 in 20 whites are heterozygote for the disease, which can be diagnosed using genetic testing. Cystic fibrosis cannot be cured, but several treatments available do extend the life expectancy of a person.

Summary Introduction

To determine: Whether the genetic screening program be voluntary or mandatory and the possible reason behind the choice of selection.

Introduction: Cystic fibrosis is a genetically inherited autosomal disease that affects the glands that produces sweat, mucus, and intestinal secretions. The disease is more common in white population. Around 1 in 20 whites are heterozygote for the disease, which can be diagnosed using genetic testing. Cystic fibrosis cannot be cured, but several treatments available do extend the life expectancy of a person.

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