Your Private DNA (02:24)
DNA samples given today can theoretically be used in the future to reveal everything there is to know about a person's genetic makeup. Privacy issues pose complicated ethical questions regarding genetic testing.
Genetic Counseling Can Save Lives (04:15)
It is rare but possible for there to be a genetic cause for cancer. Genetic counseling and testing can provide potentially life-saving information for someone who may have an increased risk for developing cancer.
Genetic Counseling Can Jeopardize Health Insurance and Jobs (03:14)
Genetic counseling and testing can help save the life of someone at high risk for developing cancer. It may also jeopardize the person's health insurance and job.
Genetic Predisposition to Disease: Who Should Know? (05:10)
If an individual learns of a genetic predisposition for developing a serious illness, who else should be informed? Panelists debate ethical issues associated with genetic testing.
Medical Records are Legal Documents (02:18)
Medical records are legal documents. A patient who wants results of a genetic test destroyed will probably not convince a doctor to do so.
Effects of Genetic Testing on Relationships and Family Planning (03:44)
The results of genetic testing can influence feelings about relationships and having children. How those results influence an individual or couple depends very much on the attitudes and values of the people involved.
Genetic Screening of Adoptable Children (09:57)
Is genetic screening appropriate for adoptable children? Should results of those tests be shared with potential adoptive parents? A panel debates the ethics of adoption and genetic screening.
Genetic Screening of Government Officials (06:50)
Does the public have the right to know if public officials have genetic predispositions for certain diseases? Panelists role play a situation in which a journalist must decide whether to disclose the genetic information of a Supreme Court nominee.
Genetic Screening of Job Candidates (08:47)
Should genetic screening be part of the interview process? Panelists debate privacy issues, business ethics, and medical ethics relevant to genetic screening of prospective employees.
Genetic Screening and Custody Disputes (05:01)
Is the genetic makeup of parents, especially an increased risk of serious illness, relevant to the legal resolution of custody disputes? Panelists debate ethical issues associated with the health of parents involved in custody battles.
Consensus on Genetics and Privacy Issues (02:14)
The issues surrounding genetic testing are numerous and complex. Much discussion and debate is necessary if any kind of consensus is to be reached on how to resolve these issues.
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