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Genetic Screening Methods for Alcoholism

Discuss the implications of developing genetic screening methods for alcoholism susceptibility. How would these issues translate into policy concerns?

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1. Discuss the implications of developing genetic screening methods for alcoholism susceptibility.

A positive implication for the individual would be to recognize her or his alcohol susceptibility and not drink, for example.

However, as in other genetic screening there is a privacy issue. For example, personal genetic information differs from most other personal information in that:

?knowing about someone's genetic makeup also tells us something about the makeup of genetic relatives;
?the science is very new;
?all your DNA is in nearly every cell in your body;
?it influences things that make up personal identity: height, build, skin colour, intelligence and possibly propensity for some behaviors such as alcoholism;
?your genetic makeup stays with you all your life - it cannot be changed;
?personal genetic information can tell you what will (or is likely to) happen to your health many years ...

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This solution discusses the implications of developing genetic screening methods for alcoholism susceptibility in including the implications for policy.

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