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Read the conference questions below and write an original response to two of the
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Read the conference questions below and write an original response to two of the four questions. Your response to each question should be a minimum of 250 words in length in order to be eligible for full credit.
For this case study we will take up the matter of genetic testing for untreatable genetic diseases.
Huntington’s disease is a devastating genetic disorder with no known effective treatment. However a test for detecting the HD gene is available and relatively inexpensive to administer. Carriers of the HD gene typically develop symptoms in the prime of their life that range across a variety of physical and emotional disorders. In advanced stages they are rendered helpless against involuntary muscle spasms throughout the body and suffer irrational emotional outbursts. Death inevitably occurs usually 15-20 years after the onset of symptoms.
Should prospective adoptive parents be able to request and receive genetic information regarding the infant they are considering prior to adoption?
Should infants being offered for adoption be tested for Huntington’s disease and other genetic disorders as part of standard procedures?
Should adoption agencies be pro-active in providing the results of these tests for prospective parents?
Should states be allowed to pass laws requiring such testing?