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Genetic Testing

After watching the video on Genetic testing, it really tells you how much technology has improved year by year. Genetic testing may be beneficial in determining whether or not you have a disease or are likely to develop a disease over the course of your life. By examining your DNA, geneticists can look at variations in DNA sequences called genetic markers that indicate a person's predisposition to developing an inherited disease that may run in their family. Geneticists may be able to see how likely you are to develop cancer years before the disease takes over your body.( http://www.tree.com/health/genetic-health-pros-cons.aspx)

The problem with genetic testing is that it cost way too much, and a lot of insurance policies don’t cover the testing. Also the probability is around 88% so the test isn’t even certain. So you spend thousands of dollars on a test which gives you a probability of what disease you may get when you’re older, but can’t really do anything about. That would haunt you every day for the rest of your life knowing what you will get when you’re older. Some people would get very depressed and that could lead to emotional problems. Last thing is if you find out you test positive, then members in the family could be at risk as well. Deciding to tell the family they are at risk for the disease, would not be an easy thing to live with. That is my opinion on the negative side of being against genetic testing.

The positive to getting the test of genetic testing done is if you’re really sick and the doctors can’t find the problem, then genetic testing is the way to go. For example a negative result can eliminate the need for unnecessary checkups and screening tests in some cases. A positive result can direct a person toward available prevention, monitoring, and treatment options. Some test results can also help people make decisions about having children. Newborn screening can identify genetic disorders early in life so...
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