The Pros And Cons Of Prenatal Genetic Testing

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Prenatal genetic testing is a controversial issue in early development. With more genes being identity and linked to particular disorders, more people are seeking more prenatal genetic testing. As technology develops to advance these tests and to make new tests, advantages and disadvantages become apparent. This comes with a more stable feeling of knowing the child’s health and the ability to catch any warning signs of major diseases or disorders early on, but this also can bring a sense of anxiety and worry for the soon-to-be parents. There is also an ethical dilemma with genetic testing. One of the major benefits with prenatal genetic testing feeling of stability of knowing what genes the child may or may not carry. Parents can feel safer…show more content…
In one study, genetic testing was the “best way to confirm genetic disease diagnostic” (Rew et al., 2010). This can prepare parents to know what expect and how to treat the disease or disorder. The results also help the doctors to be prepared if the child has the certain disease or not. It can allow the quality of living to increase as more intervention programs can help treat the potential disease. Even these tests can give an insight of the child’s health, it only shows the likelihood of getting the disease. This can produce anxiety and worry for the…show more content…
One of the major ethical issues with genetic testing is gene therapy. Gene therapy can modify genes in a child. While being a new procedure and new technology being developed, it is rapidly developing. The question comes up whether if it ethical to genetically alter a child to make he or she better in the aspects of health, intelligence, etc. While gene therapy can help curing diseases, it can potentially be used for increasing intelligence, athletic ability, and attractiveness. According to one survey, the majority believes that gene therapy would be a last resort for treatments as it disrupts gene diversity and it should have mandatory conditions (Robillard et al., 2013), While gene therapy could help children with combating disease and possibly curing their disease, it should not be used to alternate genes for other
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