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PHI2394 A Proposal|
Prenatal Testing|
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Laura Wismer: 6013173Lauren Rose: 6036390Fahad Chowdhury: 598770110/20/2011
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PHI 2394 Proposal

1) Choice of Topic: Prenatal Testing
Thesis: “The importance of the impact prenatal testing has on society due to its development through scientific thought and medical technology”

2) Relation to Personal Backgrounds:
All members of the group have been influenced and impacted by people we personally know who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18, open neural tube defects (ie. spina bifida) or other exceptionalities. We either know them from summer/winter camps, family and/or friends. Therefore we have curiosity in this topic of screening for these specific genetic conditions.

3) List of words that define our topic:
* Integrated Prenatal Screening (IPS)
* Diagnostic testing
* Genetics
* Medical/genetic tests
* The “perfect” result
* Abortion
* “Your” Choice
* Chance of having mental and physical disabilities
* “Positive” and “Negative” test results
* Accuracy of screening/tests

4) Library Search and Additional Resources:

[1] Interview with Dr. Sandra Wismer: Family physician. 19 Autumn Hill Crescent Kitchener. 8 Oct. 2011.

[2] Vugt, John M.G. Shulman, Lee P. Prenatal Medicine. Informa Healthcare. 01 Jan. 2006. (pg 122)

[3] Young, Ian D. Medical Genetics. Oxford; New York : Oxford University Press. 2005. (pg 219)

[4] Kaplan, Deborah. Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis: The Impact on Persons with Disabilities. 2011.
<http://www.ohiostatepress.org/books/complete%20pdfs/rothenberg%20women/06.pdf Accessed October 13>.

[5] Rapp, Rayna. Testing Women, Testing the Fetus. New York, NY: Routledge. 2000.

[6] Gabe Jonathan, Conrad Peter. Sociological Perspectives on the New Genetics. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers Ltd. 1999

[7] Herrera-Vega, Eliana. "Class Notes: Humanism and Structure; Philosophy of Technology." University of Ottawa. Ottawa, n.d. Power-Point Presentation.

[8] Integrated Prenatal Screening (IPS): tbdhu.com. Thunder Bay District Health Unit, n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2011. < http://www.tbdhu.com/NR/rdonlyres/A792B615-AC33-42DF-91B6-59CD2DAE8BA5/0/integratedprenatalscreening.pdf>

[9] MOHLTC – Children’s Health – Ontario Prenatal Screening – Diagnostic tests: health.gov.on.ca. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2011. <http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/child/prenatal/diagnostic.html>

[10] Ihde, Don. Technology and the Lifeworld: From Garden to Earth. Indiana University Press. 1990.

[11 ] Are you Pregnant? Integrated Prenatal Screening. Pamplet: The Ontario Serum Screening Steering Committee. 8 Oct. 2011.

[12 ] For Women and Their Families. Brochure: The Genetics Education Project. 8 Oct. 2011.

[13] Amniocentesis. 2011. MedicineNet Inc. 6 Oct. 2011.
<http://www.medicinenet.com/amniocentesis/page2.htm>

[14] Down Syndrome: Canada.com. 2011. MedicineNet Inc. 1 Oct. 2011. <http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/channel_condition_info_details.asp?channel_id=9&relation_id=10860&disease_id=44&page_no=1>

[15] Down Syndrome: Genetics Home Reference. 2011. U.S. National Library of Medicine. 3 Oct. 2011.
<http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/down-syndrome>

[16] Integrated Prenatal Screening. Medical Genetics Program of Southwestern Ontario. 9 Oct. 2011.
<http://www.mydoctor.ca/documents/users/2352/4560.pdf>

[17] What is Trisomy 18?. 2010. Trisomy 18 Foundation. 12 Oct. 2011. <http://www.trisomy18.org/site/PageServer?pagename=whatisT18_whatis#WhatCauses>

[18] Fraser, F. Clarke and Ian Ferguson MacKay. Prenatal Diagnosis: Background and Impact on Individuals. Canada: Canada Communications Group, 1993.

[19] Studies/Participation: Neural Tube Defects. 2006. Duke Center for Human Genetics. 1 Oct. 2011....
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