Genetics Testing

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     Our advances in genetics have opened the door to improvements in the quality
of life for many children, and have also initiated many debates on the ethical
and moral considerations of genetic testing and intervention.  In this
discussion, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate a foundational
knowledge of a child’s developmental continuum from conception by addressing one
of these debates for your original post.

     From the required resources consulted, identify two genetic tests routinely
offered to women during their pregnancy.  Citing at least one of these or other
scholarly resources of information, describe at least two benefits and two risks
of each procedure.  In your opinion, do the benefits of these procedures
outweigh the risks posed to either the mother or fetus?  Why or why not?  Apply
this information by choosing one of the scenarios below and address the specific
issues presented backing up your opinions with reference from your sources:

Then, address one of the following scenarios:

Scenario A: Sarah and Tony are expecting their first
child.  When the doctor asks the couple if they are interested in having an
invasive genetic test done, Sarah says, “yes”, but Tony is more hesitant and
would prefer not to take the risk.  What is the father’s role in this decision,
considering the historical and contextual role of fathers in making decisions
regarding pregnancy?  What other issues, including family history, financial
constraints, or ethics/morals, play in the decision of whether or not these
parents should receive genetic testing? 

Scenario B: Kerry and Greg just found out that they are
expecting a baby.  Greg knows that there is a family history of sickle cell
mutation, and is worried.  When their doctor announces a brand new experimental
procedure to intervene while the fetus is in utero and correct the mutation,
Greg is very excited.  Kerry, however, is concerned about the risks and what it
would mean to alter the genetics of their unborn child. Provide an argument
either for or against intervening with genetic development prior to birth in
order to prevent developmental, learning/cognitive, or physical disabilities. 
What about altering things like hair or eye color, sex, or cosmetic issues (like
missing or deformed limbs)?  At what point do we draw the line between improving
the quality of life and incorporating unnecessary risk in the quest for


Required Resources:

Simson, G. (Producer). (2007). Prenatal genetic
[Video file]. Retrieved from

Williams, C., Alderson, P., & Farsides, B. (2002). ‘Drawing the line’ in prenatal
screening and testing: Health practitioners’ discussions
. Health, Risk
& Society
, 4(1), 61-75. Retrieved from the EBSCOHost database.

National Center for Biotechnology

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