genetic testing

Only You Can Prevent Sex Selection and Other Ethical Failings

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Art Caplan — very pro choice — has an interesting article out warning against fetal testing technologies that can lead to sex selection and other eugenic pregnancy terminations. The context is a story in which sex can be determined in a blood test of the […]

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Infant Genetic Screening Financial and “Quality of Life Ethic” Worries

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Preventive screening has, in some cases, become controversial. Example: PSA blood tests for signs of prostate cancer. Some believe that false positives can lead to unnecessary further testing or treatment — adding to the strain on health care resources and putting some men through unnecessary […]

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Breast cancer gene-free baby born

Not all scientific and medical progress is ethical. Certainly, not all progress is for the benefit of the human future. This particular story is a case in point. From the story: “The first baby in the UK tested before conception for a genetic form of breast cancer has been born. . . the embryo was […]

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Senate Passes the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act today

Great news for all of us in America. Now that the human genome project has successfully mapped our DNA, and there more than 1000 genetic tests available today, there was the concern for genetic discrimination. Jobs could be awarded based on genetic health. Insurance could be denied based on genetic profile. But today, 95-0, the […]

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The Human Genome is Out of the Bottle

As usual, technological progress often cuts both ways. For each advancement, there will be the potential risk of abuse or harm. Once the human genome was mapped and all our genetic information could be determined, people began wondering about privacy issues. Discrimination concerns. Tampering with the genome. Patenting the genome. New companies trying to make […]

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