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Genetic Testing or Genetic Screening - Genetic testing, also known as screening, is a rapidly advancing new scientific field that can potentially revolutionize not only the world of medicine, but many aspects of our lives. Genetic screening is the sequencing of human DNA in order to discover genetic differences, anomalies, or mutations that may prove pathological. As genetic screening becomes more advanced and easily accessible, it presents society with difficult questions that must be asked about the boundaries of science and to what degree we are allowed to tamper with the human genome....   [tags: prenatal genetic screening, diagnosis]
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Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering - Genetic Engineering is highly controversial since some people believe that genetic engineering is playing God. As this fact there is opposition to the progression of the field by people who do not see the value in genetic engineering, or they fear what genetic engineering may lead to for us as people. There is a history of discover that belongs to genetic engineering, which has led to numerous products that have emerged which have brought numerous applications to the society of the world. Though there are benefits to genetic engineering, there are also drawbacks to genetic engineering including ethical and legal issues that are dealt with in today’s society in order to try and regulate the...   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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The Effects of Genetic Engineering on Agriculture - Genetic engineering is a way in which specific genes for an animal or plant can be extracted, and reproduced to form a new animal or plant. These new organisms will express the required trait for that gene. This practice is a very controversial topic within the scientific world. It is being implemented in various areas such as agriculture even though there are many alternatives that can be found for genetic engineered crops, such as organic materials and reducing leeching of the soil. The controversy regarding this practice occurs as it is believed to contribute both negative and positive implications and dangers, not only to oneself but the environment as a whole....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Cons of Genetic Modification of Plants - In our everyday lives we have a substantial need for food. Everyone on planet earth needs food to survive from day to day, so engineers have begun mutating plants and crops to create a better source of nutrition to the population. Scientists are pushing the boundaries in order to create the most bountiful crops and, in turn, healthier people. Imagine what could happen if there were larger harvests, more succulent fruits and nutritious vegetables. Our imagination can run wild with the endless possibilities of genetic alteration of food....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Pros and Cons of Genetic Cloning - Genetic cloning is a subject that has always been popular among scientists. The earliest breakthroughs in cloning can be dated back to over a century ago when a German biologist named Hans Driesch successfully cloned a sea urchin (Wilmut 1). Back then cloning wasn't yet a mainstream topic among the general public. But with all the technological advancements made over the years more astounding breakthroughs have been made possible. This has now sparked a huge debate, not only among scientists, but among governments and the public as well....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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The Benefits of Genetic Engineering - Almost three decades ago, on July 25, 1978, Louise Brown, the first “test tube baby” was born (Baird 1). With this birth another controversy broke out, do humans have the right to make life. Most of the concern comes from the fear of control over the production and development of human beings. But, those who are against cloning would most likely look the other way if they needed gene therapy after receiving a grim diagnosis. There are many aspects of genetic engineering and to thoroughly understand it looking into each is absolutely necessary....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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The Ethics of Genetic Engineering - The Problem Genetic engineering has been around since the 1960’s although major experiments have not been really noticed until the 1990’s. The science comes in different forms the two major being cloning and genetic reconstruction. Cloning is the duplicating of one organism and making an exact copy. For example in 1996 the creation of the clone sheep named Dolly the first mammal to be cloned which was a great achievement. The other form, genetic reconstruction, is used to replace genes within humans to help or enhance the life of an unborn child for a medical reason or just for the preference of a parent....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Ethics of Genetic Modification Technology - Modern society is on the verge of a biotechnological revolution: the foods we eat no longer serve simply to feed us, but to feed entire nations, to withstand natural disasters, and to deliver preventative vaccination. Much of this technology exists due to the rapid development of genetic modification, and today’s genetically modified crops are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Says Robert T. Fraley, chief technology officer for biotech giant Monsanto, “It’s like computers in the 1960s. We are just at the beginning of the explosion of technology we are going to see." Biotechnology’s discontents are numerous and furious, declaring the efforts of corporations of Monsanto to be dangerous...   [tags: Genetic Engineering] 776 words
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Apocalyptic Visions of Genetic Engineering - Global warming, nuclear winter, microscopic black holes—society views all these as apocalyptic phenomena resulting from the accelerating rate of discovery in the fields of science and technology. Opinions on fields like climate change and atomic weaponry certainly have a basis in scientific evidence, but many other apocalyptic reactions derive from hypothetical situations and thought experiments. To further examine public opinions on scientific fields, we can examine genetic engineering (GE). The possibilities of GE have prompted many ethicists to provide commentary on the topic, opening a dialogue between policy and experimentation in order to address topics such as genetically modified cro...   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Genetic Testing and Reproductive Freedom - To many people today, the journey to personhood begins in the process of In Vitro Fertilization –IVF. The dramatic advances in this field has led to the ability for genetic alterations associated with diseases and other inherited characteristics. These two independent fields of genetic testing and IVF each present some issues that are technically, legally and ethnically complicated. Genetic testing allows for parents to choose which embryos to implant in a woman based on the genetic tests results....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Genetic Screening and Genetic Discrimination by Insurance Companies - Genetic screening has been a subject of debate for quite some time now. Beginning in the 1990s, when it became prevalent owing to the increasing research into the cause of diseases (Chadwick, 1). Screening brought advantages— the chance to see what diseases or cancers one may be at risk for, an opportunity to take a glimpse inside of one’s personal genome (Tree.com). However, as genetic screening became more and more common, it brought with it just as many disadvantages. Genetic screening found its way into corporate boardrooms and insurance companies, creating large amounts of discrimination against employees where genetic make-up revealed a disposition to certain diseases....   [tags: Genetic Discrimination by Insurance Companies]
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The Genetic Engineering Industry - Ever wish chocolate was healthy and could have the same nutrients and vitamins as fruit and vegetables. Food, one of three necessities of life, affects every living organism on Earth. Although some foods are disliked because of taste or health issues, recent discovery will open up new prosperities and growth in agriculture. Genetic engineering has the capability to make foods taste better, increase nutrient value, and even engineer plants to produce aids for deadly health issues. Every day the progress, understanding, and development of genetic engineering is digging deeper and with this knowledge virtually anything is possible....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Genetic Engineering in Humans - Author Chuck Klosterman said, “The simple truth is that we’re all already cyborgs more or less. Our mouths are filled with silver. Our nearsighted pupils are repaired with surgical lasers. We jam diabetics full of delicious insulin. Almost 40 percent of Americans now have prosthetic limbs. We see to have no qualms about making post-birth improvements to our feeble selves. Why are we so uncomfortable with pre-birth improvement?” Despite Klosterman’s accurate observation, there are reasons people are wearisome toward pre-birth enhancement....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ] 859 words
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Genetic Information vs Privacy - The genetic technology revolution has proved to be both a blessing and a blight. The Human Genome Project is aimed at mapping and sequencing the entire human genome. DNA chips are loaded with information about human genes. The chip reveals specific information about the individuals’ health and genetic makeup (Richmond & Germov 2009).The technology has been described as a milestone by many in that it facilitates research, screening, and treatment of genetic conditions. However, there have been fears that the technology permits a reduction in privacy when the information is disclosed....   [tags: Genetic Testing]
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Genetic Disorders: Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome - Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome is a very rare and serious genetic disorder that generally affects the heart, facial features, and skin of an individual. It is caused by a desultory gene mutation, which takes place in one of four genes. Those genes are known as BRAF, MEK1, MEK2, and KRAS. From research, it is also suspected there is a possibility that other genes are associated with the rare condition. This disorder holds multiple alternative names, a long history, obvious symptoms, extensive amounts of interesting data, and is lucky enough to be supported by numerous organizations that will stop at nothing to help....   [tags: Genetic Disorders]
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Is Genetic Engineering Superior or Appalling? - Genetic engineering has changed a lot through the years. It is now possible not to only be able to genetically engineer just plants but also animals and people, plants especially. There are many different kind of plants that have been genetically modified. Genetic engineering is not all good but it is also not all bad. Genetic Engineering will come together the more you read. Plants are not the only thing getting bigger because of genetic engineering modifying the sizes. Animals are starting to become a bigger part of genetic engineering....   [tags: genetic plants,polar tree, genetic engineering]
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Prenatal Genetic Tests: The Future of Procreation - ... Either way, preimplantation genetic diagnosis would eliminate the doubt of parents having a baby with defective genes leading to a scenario where they may wish they hadn’t had the child. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis isn’t a procedure that doctors are able to do to every pregnant mother because it requires informed consent. Informed consent is important so that she fully understands the testing procedure, the benefits and limitations of the test, and the possible consequences of the test results....   [tags: genetic engineering]
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The Disadvantages of Genetic Testing on Children Discussed in Dena Davis' Book Genetic Dilemmas - In chapter four of her book Genetic Dilemmas, Dena Davis asserts that it is unethical for parents to subject their children to genetic testing for the markers of adult-onset genetic diseases because it places an unfair constraint on a child’s right to an open future. It both removes the child’s ability to choose whether to be tested as an adult and has the potential to negatively alter the overall trajectory of their lives. While the current consensus amongst medical professionals is that such testing should be prohibited (Davis, _____), many concerned parents correctly point out that discouraging such testing creates a conflict of interests between the “beneficence model of patient care and...   [tags: genetic dilemmas, medical, genetic testing] 2351 words
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Genetic Engineering: The Impact of Human Manipulation - The scenes of a science fiction movie show presumably unrealistic scientific inventions. In today's world, time travel, cloning, and even light sabers are some of the countless topics that are seemingly unattainable and just ideas of the imagination. Saying that these events are feasible would be completely absurd. However, with recent scientific advancements, science fiction is now becoming more of a reality rather than a fantasy. Nevertheless, only about twenty-five years ago, genetic engineering fell into this same, idealistic category....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Genetic Engineering: A Major Advancement for Mankind - As the Biochemist Isaac Asimov once said, "The advancement of Genetic Engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will design our own evolutionary progress.” Scientists have always thought about new ways to progress through technology in our era, and in 1946, scientists discover that Genetic material from different viruses can be combined to form a new type of virus. This was a major discovery that trickles down to the modern era of Genetics. Current scientists have pioneered new ways to decode human DNA, beating the $3 billion government-run Genome project to its goal....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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The Pros and Cons of Genetic Testing - In 2003, the Human Genome Project was completed. The project was an international research effort whose ultimate goal was to sequence the human genome and identify its genes. Upon completion, the Human Genome Project provided a complete sequence of the nearly 3 billion base pairs in the human genome. By essentially creating a blueprint of what makes a healthy human, we know what a normal, un-mutated genome looks like. That being said, genetic testing is now available to essentially anyone. While genetic testing may put us a great advantage scientifically, it could also be a set-back....   [tags: Genetic Testing Essays]
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Genetic Engineering: Is the Human Race Ready? - It is incredible to see how far genetic engineering has come. Humans, plants, and any living organism can now be manipulated. Scientists have found ways to change humans before they are even born. They can remove, add, or alter genes in the human genome. Making things possible that humans (even thirty years ago) would have never imagined. Richard Hayes claims in SuperSize Your Child. that genetic engineering needs to have limitations. That genetic engineering should be used for medical purposes, but not for “genetic modification that could open the door to high-tech eugenic engineering” (188)....   [tags: Genetic Engineering] 1455 words
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The Dark Side of Genetic Engineering - I never knew what genetic engineering was until I watched a special on the Discovery channel. The special showed scientists forming the first “perfect” embryo. What was very shocking was that the scientists kept asking each other what traits this embryo should compose of. To me that was disturbing and unethical to make a living human being based on what traits the parents would want them to have. This process goes against nature just as Francis Bacon said “if we would control nature, we must first obey her” (Fox 193)....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays] 1104 words
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Different Categories of Genetic Testing - Genetic testing is basically the analysis of an individual’s DNA to determine if they are susceptible to certain diseases or are carriers which can lead to their offspring suffering from a genetic disorder. Genetic testing is able to do so by indicating if there are any abnormalities or mutations in a person’s chromosomes, genes, or proteins. According to the Genetics Home Reference which is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “more than 1,000 genetic tests are currently in use, and more are being developed (Genetics Home Reference, 2014).” There are three different categories of genetic testing which include gene tests, chromosomal tests, and biochemical tests....   [tags: genetic disorders, chromosomal tests]
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Genetic Testing or DNA Testing - ... Furthermore, people test to understand how high of a risk their children currently have or will have of inheriting the same disease or disorder. Prenatal screening is when a baby gets screened before it has been born. Screening the baby before birth allows doctors to come up with dietary and medical restrictions as well as shape the lives of children that test positive for a disease or disorder. Doctors do this so that the child will have the least possible chance of developing a disease. Prenatal screening has become more recognized for the good it does....   [tags: deffects or mutations, genetic disorder]
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Juxtaposing Viewpoints on Genetic Species Revival - Though it may seem that the issue of species revival through a means of genetic science is a modern idea, similar arguments throughout the past also hold relevance to the modern issue of genetic species revival. To better understand the issue as it becomes more prevalent, it is important to examen different perspectives that span many centuries time, generating new insight on the issue. Examining different perspectives on the perceived human influences on species extinction vs. natural law and lack of adaptability, and give a determination on the ethical implications to society and ecology from the above arguments and philosophies from each viewpoint....   [tags: genetic engineering]
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A Brief Discussion of Genetic Diseases - Since the discovery in 1928 via the Griffith experiment (an experiment dealing with bacterial transformation) that DNA carried genetic information, many important discoveries have been made regarding the human genome and its extent in the determination of phenotypic traits. Not least of these is the discovery and study of genetic disorders, or diseases caused by abnormalities within the genes. Disorders of this nature can be caused by a variety of factors. Some diseases such as Huntington's disease must be inherited, while others, such as some cancers, can be the result of environmental factors slowly mutating the genome over time....   [tags: Biology Genetic Diseases]
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The Benefits of Genetic Research - For as long as mankind has walked the Earth, there have always been things standing in its way; things scientists have taken centuries to try and understand. Finding the key to why someone has a pre-disposition to cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart problems, or even skin conditions like psoriasis, lays within their genetic make-up. Many remain reserved on the subject and insist that the risk of genetic testing isn’t worth the reward, though there is much evidence to the contrary. The debate on the benefits of genetic research and what they can do to help mankind has been argued with the help of extensive scientific testing, anonymous surveys, and rulings from our own Federal Government....   [tags: genetic engineering debate]
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Genetic Testing and Newborn Screening - Genetic testing is the process of sequencing six billion letters of a human genome to possibly discover genetic differences, such as how cells carry the same genome but at the same time look and function different. Genetic testing is also the process that can give foresight into pathological diseases such as different types of cancer. Millions of babies are tested each year in the United States by a process known as newborn screening. Newborn screening can detect disorders that will occur later in life and try to treat them earlier in life....   [tags: genetic differences, cancer]
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Can Genetic Modification Benefit Humanity? - Throughout the course of human history, new technological advancements have always created opposing views, and conflict between the different groups that hold them. Today, one of the greatest technological controversies is over the morals and practicality of genetically modifying crops and animals. Reasons for doing so vary from making them more nutritious to making plants more bountiful to allowing organisms to benefit humans in ways never before possible. Genetic engineering is a process in which genes within the DNA of one organism are removed and placed into the DNA of another, a “…reshuffling of genes…from one species to another” (Steinbrecher qtd....   [tags: Genetic Engineering] 1676 words
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Genetic Engineering Is Not Safe - Genetic engineering is the intended modification to an organism’s genetic makeup. There have been no continuing studies on this topic or action so there is no telling whether or not it is harmless. Genetic engineering is not safe because scientists have no absolute knowledge about living systems. Given that, they are unable to do DNA surgery without creating mutations. Any interference on an organism’s genetic makeup can cause permanent damage, hereditary defects, lack of nutritious food, or a spread of dangerous diseases....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]
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Historical Background Of Genetic Engineering - DNA is the material that gives us our personality, our looks, and our thought processes, good or bad, DNA controls all of this. DNA full name is Deoxyribonucleic Acid. It is called that because it is missing one oxygen atom, and it is located in the nucleus. It is also in the form of an acid. DNA is made up of four subunits: Adenine, Thymine, Guanine and Cytosine. During the production of RNA, the messenger of DNA, Uracil is used instead of thymine. A small segment of this DNA is called a gene....   [tags: dna, Genetic Engineering, genes]
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Genetic Engineering The Perfect Child - Modern society has an unquestionable preoccupation with perfection. Indulging in our vanities with things such as plastic surgery, veneers, botox, collagen, hair dye, and so on, have become a part of the socially acceptable norm. People do these things, and more, in an attempt to become their ideal selves. However, many are taking these practices to a completely new extreme, and are not stopping at just altering their own physical characteristics. With recent advances in medical science and technology, couples are now able to genetically modify embryos to create their ideal children....   [tags: Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis]
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Genetic Engineering: A Step Forward - Genetic engineering (GE) refers to the technique of modification or manipulation of genes (the biological material or chemical blue print that determines a living organism’s traits) from one organism to another thus giving bacteria, plants, and animals, new features. The technique of selecting the best seed or the best traits of plants has been around for centuries. Humans have learned to graft (fuse) and hybridize (cross breed) plants, creating dwarfs and other useful forms since at least 1000 B.C....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays] 498 words
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Genetic Testing of African Americans - Introduction Many people have often wondered about their past and where they come from, but different people react differently when it comes to finding out where they originally came from. Some actively seek to find out for themselves through researching their family history or by undergoing genetic testing, and their reaction may be either positive, or even negative, especially if their racial origin is not what they might have expected. The Afro-American community is particularly receptive towards such testing because it helps them to identify with their African origins and deal with the emotional impact of their upsetting history in which their ancestors were forcibly brought to the Ameri...   [tags: Genetic Testing Essays]
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Genetic Medicines in India - Genetics grows so fast. Every month we get a new announcement about the scientific achievement from the genetical research in plants, animals and human beings. Compare to other medical technologies, genetics can radically change nature of environment and the nature of human being. We have today genetically engineered trees, plants, animals, food, insects, bacteria and viruses. Genetics in medicine also proved the origin of genetic diseases and the functions of genes. Genetic testing and screening, genetics therapy, genetic design and enhancement are the few developments in medical genetics....   [tags: medical genetics, genetic engineering, disorder]
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Newborn Genetic Screening - The purpose of newborn genetic screening is to screen newborns for potential health concerns. Newborn genetic screening started in 1965 with the testing of one disorder, phenylketonuria (WDHS). Since then, newborn genetic screening has evolved and over 4 million newborns are screened in the U.S. every year (CCHC Report). Currently, in the state of Wisconsin, there are 47 different disorders that are tested for (WDHS). The process of screening newborns is a relatively short procedure. Before a newborn leaves the hospital a nurse pricks its heel and takes a few drops of blood and deposits it on a special test paper....   [tags: Genetic Disorders]
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Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act - Imagine being discriminated because of something beyond your control. This type of discrimination is called genetic discrimination which is when one is discriminated and or treated differently by their employment or insurance company because of their genetic makeup (National Institutes of Health). The phobia of genetic discrimination is gripping many people around the world. People find themselves asking, “Could my genetic makeup raise my health bills. Could this cause me to be rejected from a career opportunity?” Because of genetic discrimination, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was created....   [tags: genetic discrimination prevention] 913 words
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Effects of Genetic Drift - Table of content Introduction Effects of genetic drift Change in allele frequency Loss of genetic variation Loss of allelic diversity Founder effects Founder effect (i) genetic bottleneck Case study: Greater Prairies Chickens Founder effect (ii) Fitness effect of genetic drift Effective population size Genetic drift and natural selection Correlation between fitness and genetic diversity Conclusion References   Genetic drift in natural populations Introduction If you flip a coin 500 times, a result of 300 heads and 200 tails might make you suspicious about that coin....   [tags: genetic variation, biological analysis]
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Benefits of Genetic Engineering - Genetic Engineering is an idea that we can ponder on quiet days. The creation of altered DNA is an enticing aspect that can greatly influence the average human life. The research of genetic engineering is an ongoing exploration that may never end. I am a supporter of a genetic engineering. There are three basic beneficial basis of genetic engineering. Those are genetically altered crops, the creation of medicines, and the creation of organs so that many lives could be saved. Genetically altered crops are very beneficial to third world countries....   [tags: Genetic Engineering, DNA, ]
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Genetic Engineering: Annotated Bibliography - “Genetic Engineering.” The World Book Encyclopedia. 2008 ed. This encyclopedia was extremely helpful. In not knowing all of the exact terms and basic knowledge of genetic engineering, it helped inform any reader of all this and more. The pages that had information on genetics and genetic engineering, had detailed definitions and descriptions for all the terms and ideas. Instead of focusing more towards the future of genetic engineering, it gave numerous facts about the technology and accomplishments of today....   [tags: Annotated Bibliographies, Genetic Engineering] 879 words
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The Genetic Testing Controversy - A lot of controversial issues present themselves in psychology. Two topics that I will be discussing in this essay are the controversy over genetic testing and what things would be like without genetic testing. I will be describing what genetic testing is, and how it can affect an individual’s family life. I will be discussing the benefits of genetic counseling, as well as the positives without genetic counseling, and how this issue is debated in a psychological view. Genetic testing, can affect a person’s life in many ways....   [tags: Genetic Testing Pros & Cons]
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Dangerous Knowledge: Genetic Engineering - Some knowledge can be dangerous. The recent surge in technological advancements makes this evident, as new methods of improving human life through science loom on the horizon. Even today, some methods of altering an organism’s genetic makeup exist, becoming more and more advanced with each day. Such knowledge holds power, and if people use it in the wrong ways, it can mean dire consequences. But while powerful, not all knowledge means danger. There can be much benefit to gain from new techniques, such as the ability to alter the human genome....   [tags: Technological Advancements, Genetic Altering]
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The Future is Here: Genetic Enhancement - ... The society will be blind to see the negative outcomes of misusing genetic enhancements. Genetic enhancements, in the aspect of beauty will become a valued focal point in the medical industry (Tucker). The desire for enhancements are slowly increasing in demand as media pressure society for such behaviors, in which will lead to the rise for individuals to meet the expectations of the society’s beauty. In fact, as beauty is emphasized around the world which creates even more pressures to lean towards the abusive of enhancements to fit in....   [tags: negative effects on babies, genetic engineering] 1750 words
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Understanding Genetic Engineering - What if cancer could be cured by eating a pear. Or if a crop of wheat could be developed so that it never rotted. These may sound like science fiction but they're not as strange as they first seem to be, and may even be reality in the future. Fifteen years ago who would have thought that plants could be created to be immune to pesticides or that it would be possible to create a sheep that is exactly like its parent in every physical way. And yet both of these currently exist due to genetic engineering....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Genetic Modification of Food - ... GM crops may be less susceptible to insect related diseases or viruses and may tolerate herbicides better. A gene originating in bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) produces a toxin. It can be introduced into plants to make them more insect-resistant. Introducing genes from disease-causing viruses into the plants enables them to develop a resistance to the viruses. Some bacteria have specific genes, which make them resistant to herbicides. Consequently, introducing this gene into plants makes them more resistance to some herbicides....   [tags: genetic engineering, GMOs, biotechnolgy] 3180 words
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Genetic Engineering: Designer Babies - ... This is the main reason why genetic altering should not carry on. Altering a child‘s genetic makeup also takes away from the idea of a baby being a miracle from God because people would have the choice to change and design possibly any part or characteristic of their child. Parents choosing to have genetic screening done to possibly prevent diseases, will never know how their child may have been born without the costly operation. Expecting parents should take extra precautions during pregnancy and during their baby’s childhood....   [tags: genetic screening, parents] 692 words
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The Idea of Discrimination Based on Genetic - The film Gattaca was released in 1997, just six years prior to the completion of the Human Genome Project (completed in April 2003), with a working draft completed in June 2000. The name of the film refers to an Aerospace corporation featured in the movie; however, its letters correspond to the 4 nucleotide bases that make up the integrity of the human genome. The sequencing of the human genome poses tremendous benefits not only in the future, but in the present. From identifying pharmaceutical targets in the body, screening for diseased genes, or determine if individuals are predisposed for certain hereditary or nonhereditary illness’....   [tags: human genome, gattaca, genetic discrimination] 1245 words
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The Benefits of Human Genetic Engineering - Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is a revolutionary procedure that utilizes in vitro fertilization to implant a healthy egg cell into the mother’s uterus after it is screened for mutations or other abnormalities. That way, only healthy eggs can develop to term and become beautiful, bouncing boys or girls. Designer babies have a bright future in the face of science because they are genetically engineered to be: disease free; viable donors for a sibling or parent; and with optional elimination of any severe cosmetic disorders that might develop,—without risk to human diversity in the future....   [tags: Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, PGD]
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Constructing Genetic Maps - Reviewing the literature The authors concisely and accurately described the essential content of the proposed study by beginning with a brief review of the literature which shows the limitation of marker for constructing genetic maps and how with time this markers have been replaced by genome sequence. They clearly pointed out the gap in existing literature in the use of array-based method stating that even if this method has been widely used it could be laborious, time consuming and expensive to design and also producing and processing them for a specific mapping population is hard therefore there were need to develop a better method that could solve all these problems....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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The Genetic Screening Controversy - In the last few decades, there has been astonishing advances in the comprehension of how genes affect tasks of various cells throughout the human body. Genetic screening informs one about a predisposition or carrying of a disease (Konstantinopoulous PA, Karamouzis MV, Papavassiliou AG, 2009:63). Although knowledge from genetic screening is tremendously beneficial, it may also have detrimental effects on society. The information of one’s genes could cause genetic discrimination (McNamee MJ, Muller A, van Hilvoorde I, Holm S....   [tags: Biology, Genetic Discrimination] 986 words
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The Future of Genetic Enhancement - ... Baylis and Robert provide an example with the performance enhancement drugs that are used by professional athletes all over the world. These drugs stimulate bone marrow to produce oxygen-rich blood cells, which, in turn, increases the athlete’s performance (2004). Though not exactly on the genetic level, this example shows how enhancement drugs and techniques have been used in the past. Benefits from genetic enhancements are widespread. These benefits are evident in physical, intellectual, psychological, and even moral enhancements....   [tags: genetic engineering, nonpathological human traits] 1094 words
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Lifelong Health Benefits of Mandatory Genetic Screenings - Since their development and introduction to the field of medicine more than a century ago, genetic screenings have become incorporated in many fields of healthcare, including reproductive health and cancer prevention. Genetic screening is a method of identifying genetic disorders through the study of an individual’s DNA. They can be used to determine predisposition for various disorders such as Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, and sickle cell anemia. Genetic screenings inform individuals about their state of health and can help them make efficient choices in regard to disease treatments and prevention; however they have not gone without controversy....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Genetic Testing in Humans - Every human carries about half a dozen defective genes that could become harmful in the future. With today’s technology, it is now easier to find these defective genes through genetic testing. Genetic testing is the analyses or screening of an individuals DNA sequence in order to analyze health risks, trace ancestry, and prevent passing on illnesses to offspring. Genetic testing can provide information about individuals’ genes throughout their lifetime but is a complex process that has many uses and benefits yet sparks controversial issues....   [tags: Defective Genes, Genetic Changes, Future]
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Genetic Engineering: The Negative Impacts of Human Manipulation - The scenes of a science fiction movie show presumably unrealistic scientific inventions. In today's world, time travel and cloning are only two of the countless topics that are seemingly unattainable ideas of the imagination. Saying that these events are within reach would be completely absurd. However, with recent scientific advancements, science fiction is now becoming more of a reality rather than a fantasy. Nevertheless, only about twenty-five years ago, genetic engineering fell into this same, idealistic category....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Human Genetic Engineering in Beneficial to Society - Even after thousands of years of evolution, the human race is not perfect: it is ravaged by disease and limited by nature. Yet, in recent times, researchers have begun to ascertain an advanced understanding of the underlying genetic code of humanity. The Human Genome Project, now complete, has provided a map of the intricacies in human DNA, allowing researchers to begin looking at the purpose of each gene. When combined with selective embryo implantation, which is used occasionally today to avoid hereditary diseases or to choose gender, genetic discoveries can become a sort of artificial evolution....   [tags: Pro Human Genetic Engineering]
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Genetic Therapy and its Place in Today’s Society - In this paper, I will argue that genetic therapies should be allowed for diseases and disabilities that cause individuals pain, shorter life spans, and noticeable disadvantages in life. I believe this because everyone deserves to have the most even starting place in life as possible. That is no being should be limited in their life due to diseases and disabilities that can be cured with genetic therapies. I will be basing my argument off the article by “Gene Therapies and the Pursuit of a Better Human” by Sara Goering....   [tags: Genetic Therapy] 1159 words
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We Must Prevent the Theft of Genetic Identity - The Universal Human Rights Declaration recites on its first article that: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” and one article later states that: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. At the light of this declaration it becomes inferable that every human being is awarded with inalienable privileges that are effective as soon as he is conceived and therefore allocated the title of “human”. Every human being is born unique and his uniqueness is determined by his exclusive genetic identity....   [tags: Genetic Ethics]
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Genetic Engineering: Major Advancement or Major Setback? - As the Biochemist Isaac Asimov once said, "The advancement of Genetic Engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will design our own evolutionary progress.” Scientists have always thought about new ways to progress through technology in this era, and in 1946, scientists discovered that Genetic material from different viruses can be combined to form a new type of virus. This was a major discovery that trickles down to the modern era of Genetics. Current scientists have pioneered new ways to decode human DNA, beating the $3 billion government-run Genome project to its goal....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Genetic Engineering - Just imagine the scene: and newlywed wife and husband are sitting down with a catalog, browsing joyously, pointing and awing at all the different options, fantasizing about all the possibilities that could become of their future. Is this a catalog for new furniture. No. This catalog for all features, phenotype and genotype, for the child they are planning to have. It is basically a database for parents to pick and choose all aspects of their children, from the sex of the child, to looks, and even to personality traits....   [tags: Genetic Engineering] 1131 words
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Genetic Engineering - Genes are, basically, the blueprints of our body which are passed down from generation to generation. Through the exploration of these inherited materials, scientists have ventured into the recent, and rather controversial, field of genetic engineering. It is described as the "artificial modification of the genetic code of a living organism", and involves the "manipulation and alteration of inborn characteristics" by humans (Lanza). Like many other issues, genetic engineering has sparked a heated debate....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis is Unethical and Immoral - In this day in age, where looks are almost everything when getting and going where you want, having a child with perfect genes is something to brag about. Allowing a parent to choose the perfect genes is not so far off in the future, in fact, it is now possible to pick some of the genes of a baby to make a “perfect” child. A procedure called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, has been used for years by doctors who wanted to reduce the chance of women carrying babies infected with life-threatening diseases....   [tags: PGD, Genetic Engineering Essays]
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Genetic Identification of Major Psychiatric Disorders - Most major psychiatric disorder diagnoses are defined as descriptive syndromes on the basis of expert consensus. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) are the standard diagnostic tools used by psychiatrists and clinicians world-wide. Unfortunately, these manuals are classified by clinical agreement and encounter revision every few years. Perpetual revision and increased medicalization of mental disorders also creates a dilemma for diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder and b...   [tags: common genetic risk variants]
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Gene Therapy and Genetic Disorders - Every cell in the human body is given instruction by our genes as to what job each cell should perform. Every tiny detail is dependent upon the instruction of our genes. If a gene or cell becomes damaged, changes, or is missing, there are major consequences to the body and the health of the individual. Genetic disorders are caused by damaged or missing genes and can be life threatening. They can lead to serious diseases in the individual. Certain types of genetic disorders cannot be cured by treatment with medicine....   [tags: Human Body, Cells, Genes, Genetic Disorders]
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Lack of Genetic Diversity Amongst Bananas and Plantains - Introduction Cultivars of the genus Musa (bananas and plantains) have grown in East Asia and Polynesia for millions of years as herbaceous weeds, thriving as r-selected species in forest clearings1. Circa 10,000 years ago, in modern-day Malaysia, natives discovered and succeeded in cultivating the hybrid of two different species: Musa acuminata (whose fruit is constituted of unpalatable flesh) and Musa balbisiana (where ½ of each ‘finger’ is flesh and ½ is seeds [Fig. 1]). The hybrid produced is sterile (having triploid chromosomes, whilst the original fertile varieties were diploid) and must thus be propagated by taking offshoots of their corms2....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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Genetic Effects of Intensive Breeding - ... This is caused by population size and fragmentation, and leads to differentiation between populations. Brown (1965) did a study on the selection in a population of house mice containing mutant individuals. The mice were trapped in a barn, and examined for fur colour and eye colour (Figure 3). Mutant mice were homozygous for yellow fur and pink eyes. Mice that had dark fur and dark eyes were either homozygous dominant or heterozygous. Cats were then introduced into the barn at the beginning of Spring and removed at the end of Summer....   [tags: getting a specific genetic trait from a species]
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Clinical Genetic Disorder: Beta Thalassemia - John and his wife Mary decided that after 3 years of marriage it was time for them to bring a child into their life. John and Mary lived on the coast of Italy, where the weather was always sunny and warm and the water not but a stone toss away. John and Mary decided that it was the right time, then, 9 months later they conceived a son, they named him Henry. During the first two years of Henry’s life John and Mary noticed abnormalities in Henry’s development. Henry did not gain weight or grow as he was expected to....   [tags: Genetic Blood Disorder]
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Genetic Engineering: The Controversy of Genetic Screening - The Controversy of Genetic Screening      Craig Ventor of Celera Genomics, Rockville, MD, and Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health and Wellcome Trust, London, England, simultaneously presented the sequence of human DNA in June of 2000, accomplishing the first major endeavor of the Human Genome Project (HGP) (Ridley 2). As scientists link human characteristics to genes-segments of DNA found on one or more of the 23 human chromosomes-prospects for genetic engineering will increase dramatically....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]
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What´s Genetic Testing - Genetic testing is a form of DNA testing that allows the interpretation of a genetic code to evaluate ones susceptibility to particular genetic disorders. These tests can be performed using samples of blood or bodily tissues, essentially anything that would contain DNA. Doctors then evaluate these results using genetic analysis, and provide such information to the participant or patient. Primarily, the purpose for such testing is for the detection of genetic disorders in unborn babies, determining what disorders an individual might be a carrier for, screening embryos for disease, testing for a disease in an adult before they display symptoms, and calculating appropriate medication dos...   [tags: DNA, genetic disorders]
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Genetic Engineering: There is No Genetic Definition of Humanity - With advances in genetics and the decryption of the human genome, many people are taking the time to sit back and ponder the questions of what humanity is and where it comes from.1 Will techniques such as gene therapy eventually create people who aren't quite human. If humanity is a flexible and ever-changing concept, then how do people know if they are human. Does some standard measure of humanity seem likely in our future, and is it even ethically proper to impose such a standard. Philosophy offers the most satisfying definition of humanity: a human person is a conscious individual who interacts with an outside world....   [tags: Genetic Ethics Essay Examples]
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Genetic Counselling - Genetic counselling is a complex process and does not seem to have a single definition. From a purely biological standpoint, genetic counselling is, “diagnosing and classifying a genetic disease; to identify unaffected carriers of a defective gene in order to counsel them about the risk of having affected children; to detect a serious genetic disease before the clinical onset of symptoms in order to improve the quality of life…” On the surface, the job of a genetic counsellor is practical, helpful, and seems to be serving a purpose to parents, or potential parents....   [tags: Use of Genetic Information]
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Genetic Testing - Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the building block of life. The backbone of DNA is composed of four different bases: thymine (T), guanine (G), adenine (A), and cytosine (C). Each base is then attached to a phosphate group and a sugar, forming a single nucleotide. Genetic information is encoded by the sequence of nucleotides in the strand; therefore, the quantity and sequence of nucleotides in a strand of DNA differs depending upon the organism. Each base’s chemistry renders it specifically complementary with one other base (A-T and C-G)....   [tags: DNA, Mutations, Genetic Testing] 1067 words
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Genetic Engineering: The Next Technological Leap or a Disruption to the Natural Order of Our Planet? - While walking down the produce aisle at your local grocery store, have you ever questioned where the assortment of goods came from. When asked, perhaps your first thought would likely be from a local farm or orchard. But what if I were to tell you that those very goods could in fact be from a far less obvious third choice. What if someone told you that those pretty peaches on display were meticulously grown in a laboratory to bring forth predetermined traits. As futuristic as it may sound, this type of technology is no longer science fiction but has become a new reality....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Genetic Engineering: The End of Life as We Know It - Prior to 1982, genetic engineering was a relatively new branch of science. Today, scientists have a firm understanding of genetics and its importance to the living world. Genetic engineering allows us to influence the laws of nature in ways favorable to ourselves. Although promising in its achievements, it also has the potential for abuse. If engineering of this caliber were to be used for anything other than the advancement of the human race, the effects could be devastating. If precautions are not implemented on this science, parents might use it solely for eugenic purposes....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays] 773 words
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Preventing Genetic Discrimination Health Insurance Companies - Genetic testing in relation to insurance has been an issue since the start of the Human Genome Project. Advances in technology have significantly increased the precision and availability of genetic testing. These tests can predict the possibility of future illnesses in individuals or can rule out alleged genetic conditions. As genetic testing became more prominent, interest in the use of genetic information for purposes other than direct health care increased. Concerns about to whom the information is disclosed and how the information is being used have arisen....   [tags: genetic discrimination essays]
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Hat the Domestication of Dogs Influenced a Shuffle in their Genetic Make-up - Has the domestication of dogs influenced a shuffle in their genetic make-up.   RESEARCH QUESTION; Has the domestication of dogs influenced a shuffle in their genetic make-up. WHAT IS A GENE; the definition of a gene is “a distinct sequence of nucleotides forming part of a chromosome, the order of which determines the order of monomers in a polypeptide or nucleic acid molecule which a cell (or virus) may synthesize” (Oxford online dictionary, 2014). This can be understood to be a component of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) which determines hereditary characteristics and or traits in an organism....   [tags: genetic science]
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The Need for Policy Makers to Regulate Human Genetic Engineering - Human genetic engineering (HGE), a prevalent topic for scientists in research, is the process of manipulating genes in the human genome. Potentially, scientists can use the process of HGE to alter many biological and psychological human traits by gene modification. Currently, however, there is a large deficiency in information regarding HGE and its effects to the human body; creating a need for scientists to conduct more research and tests. Because of the many unknowns involving HGE it is necessary for policy makers to regulate HGE for the use by scientists....   [tags: Human Genetic Engineering]
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Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes and Genetic Testing - Clinical presentation PJS is believed to have incomplete penetrance with variable expression. Approximately 88% of patients with PJS will develop polyps. They most commonly occur in the small bowel (64%), colon (53%), stomach(49%), and rectum(32%). Polyps have also occurred in atypical locations like in the renal pelvis, urinary bladder, lungs, and nares. Symptoms usually begin in the second or third decade of life. Individuals with gastrointestinal polyposis may present with obstruction, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, or recurrent small bowel intussusception 47 (up to 47% required operation 48 )....   [tags: malignancy, polyps, genetic] 770 words
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The Ethical Implications of Genetic Screening and Testing: Arguments For and Against - Given advancements in technology and medicine, genetic screening and testing is becoming more commonplace in our society. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) defines genetic screening as “a search in a population for persons possessing certain genotypes that (1) are already associated with disease or predispose to disease, (2) may lead to disease in their descendants, or (3) produce other variations not known to be associated with disease” (NHGRI, 2005). The term genetic testing is similar, but differs in that it only targets those individuals believed to be at high risk for a genetic disease....   [tags: costly diagnosis, treatment, genetic intervention]
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The FDA Should Prohibit Genetic Engineering - Abstract:  Recent developments in genomic research have enabled humans to manipulate the genes of living organisms with genetic engineering.  Scientists have used this momentous technology in environmental and most recently, agricultural spheres.  However, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require that genetically altered foods be labeled as such.  As a result, there is no protection against humans' ability to construct organisms that nature never intended to exist and to threaten nature's carefully balanced environment.  Is it ethically responsible for the government to allow scientists to continue with these advances if they do not understand their consequences....   [tags: Genetic Engineering, Genetic Ethics]
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