Recent advancements within scientific research have spurred controversy over the topic of genetic testing, especially with newborns. Although scientists can now identify certain DNA markers that reveal an increased propensity for various diseases and disorders, numerous moral dilemmas quickly emerge. How will predicting future events impact the present?
Would knowing that your child is most likely going to develop Alzheimer’s disease change the way that you raise him or her? Should someone help you understand the implications if you are told that your child is most likely going to be autistic? What impact will these “potential” results have on your child’s healthcare? Could genetic testing force your child to be plagued with unnecessary stigmas?
Read the article by Pollack (2010) and write a two-page critique examining why so much controversy surrounds genetic
testing today. Do you agree or disagree with the author’s stance on this topic?