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One of the concerns mentioned in the chapter regarding the use of genetic technology centers around privacy issues such as "genetic discrimination." Once we improve our ability to screen the human genome for disease susceptibility, is there any level of testing that should be required by society as a means of reducing health care costs or reducing transmission of genetic diseases across generations? Analyze.

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The dramatic and rapid developments in genetic technology and the ability to screen populations with relative ease for genetic disorders pose huge ethical issues which our generation and future generations will need to address. Recent advances in information technology have meant that there is now the potential for huge databases to be created that could/would store human genome data about each individual. This has explosive potential especially regarding who would have access to such a data base and to what purpose could ...

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