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Should the Government Mandate Testing for the ASF Gene?

For this question, assume that science has been able to identify the particular gene that is associated with an increased risk of adult antisocial behavior in that persons with this gene are four times more likely to commit a felony from the ages of 18-30 than are persons who lack this gene (call the culprit gene ASF, short for AntiSocial Factor).

Address the following:

- Should the government mandate testing for the ASF gene? Why or why not?
- Answer the following questions even if you believe that the government should not test for ASF:
- If the government does test for the ASF gene, what should be done about people who test positive for the ASF gene? For example, should they be denied a security clearance for sensitive jobs? Explain and justify your position.
- What additional conditions or safeguards would you want in place if ASF testing were used?
- If a person with the ASF gene is convicted of a crime, should his or her ASF status be considered as part of his or her sentencing? If yes, how so?

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- Should the government mandate testing for the ASF gene? Why or why not?

No, because governments around the world have a history of discriminating against people while using public policy as the conduit for their discriminatory policies. Therefore, the mandate to use a gene to determine criminality would be morally and ethically wrong because of the historical evidence suggesting that human nature will result in discrimination and unequal treatment of those with the gene.

- If the government does test for the ASF gene, what should be done about people who test positive for the ASF gene? For ...

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The expert determines whether government should mandate testing for the ASF Gene.

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