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Using the 11 leading causes of mortality in the United States in 1999 (Lecca, Valentine, & Lyons, 2003, p. 240), what roles do genetics, gene testing, and research play in the progression or cessation of disease?

following is a list of the leading causes of mortality on the US in 1999:
1) Diseases of the heart (30.3 percent of deaths)

2) Malignant neoplasms (23.0 percent)

3) Cerebrovascular diseases (7.0 percent)

4) chronic lower respiratory disease (5.2 percent)

5) Accidents or unintentional injuries (4.1 percent)

6) Diabetes mellitus (2.9 percent)

7) Influenzs and pneumonias (2.7 percent)

8) Alzheimer's disease (2.8 percent)

9) Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (1.5 percent)

10) Septicemia (1.3 percent)

11) All other causes (20.2 percent)

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Genetics appears to play a significant role in the progression of disease in the United States, due to the fact that individuals within particular segments of the population, such as African-Americans, have genetic predispositions for developing certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. Genetic factors, coupled with ...

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