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DNA Discrimination

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Genetic testing has been conducted by some employers?and some without permission from the employee/applicant. This became a legal issue in May 2004 when a major verdict was rendered involving Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation and the U.S. government, becoming the first case based upon DNA discrimination in the workplace.

Select and analyze an article on this case. What is the purpose of a firm testing DNA? Give your opinion of whether this is ethical or legal? Do you agree or disagree with it? Can it sometimes be justified?

There is also a privacy issue here given that the employee/applicant does not know the extent of the testing being done. Is genetic testing acceptable if permission is granted by the applicant? What are the long-term workplace and societal consequences if DNA employment testing becomes commonplace? Why?

Read the Human Genetics Commission Report, Inside Information on the List of Conclusions and Recommendations. Write a summary of the recommendations using the given template (attached) Select two of the recommendations and discuss how they can be applied to the workplace and employment genetic testing. Write one additional recommendation and explain why you think it should be included.


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Genetic testing can be described as a technique or a method used to test genetic disorders. It is also called DNA-based tests since it is involved in the examination of the DNA molecule itself. Most of the time, this test is done to find out about changes that are associated with genetic disorders (Genetics, 2012).

A firm may conduct a genetic or DNA test due to a number of varying reasons. A hospital conducts genetic tests in order to improve the health of a parent or a child since an individual can carry genes for a certain inherited disorders. An insurance firm can use genetic test results, to deny or even limit the health insurance of an individual. It can also be used by the insurers to discriminate people, by not ensuring those who are healthy but genetically predisposed to future disease. The reason for the insurance being, that such people can incur more health related costs than people who are not health disposed. Employers on the hand might not employ or have within their firms, individuals who are predisposed to future disease simply by having the understanding ...

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The solution discusses DNA discrimination and genetic testing.