There is a new service available to people that are African-American that can have a company test their DNA to see which region of Africa their maternal/paternal line originated from. A man who wants the test done walks into the clinic wearing clothes that happened to be pinpointing of having formed an individual recognition with a certain society on the continent, signifying that he was looking to have his preformed notion confirmed. The test came back that he was of European descent.
-What are the societal benefits and disadvantages to such a service, both particularly as it relates to those of African-American descent and further genetically and the responsibilities of the scientists in performing this service.
Beyond curiosity of knowing your ancestral heritage there are medical benefits to genetic ethnicity testing. Namely, this type of genetic testing can allow a person to identify their ancestral origins and alert a patient that they may have a predisposition to medical conditions predominant in their racial/ethnic background. People of African-American descent have a higher risk of high blood pressure, prostate cancer, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia.
At the individual level, although this type of genetic testing can hint ...
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