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Genetic Predispositions Toward Illness (02:24)


Most genetic information encoded in human DNA indicates the possibility that a trait will arise, not a certainty that it will. New parents should be aware of a child's genetic predisposition to certain conditions, but not overly fearful about it.

Moral Dilemmas Created by Genetic Testing (05:12)

The decision to test the genetic information of a fetus should not be taken lightly. Parents who find genetic abnormalities in an unborn child face emotional moral dilemmas.

Genetic Testing: Knowledge, Responsibility, and Decisions (04:55)

Using prenatal genetic information to make decisions about aborting or keeping a fetus creates moral and ethical dilemmas. The most important use of genetics is not in prenatal decision making, but rather in treating and preventing disease.

Genetic Counseling (05:25)

Genetic counselors educate parents about prenatal genetic testing, guide them through the decision making process, and help parents understand what test results indicate.

Withholding Prenatal Genetic Information from Parents (07:50)

What prenatal genetic information is useful to parents? What prenatal genetic information, if any, should be withheld from parents? Panelists debate some of the ethical questions that surround the practice of prenatal genetic testing.

Resources for Processing Prenatal Genetic Information (05:27)

Parents who choose prenatal genetic testing can be overwhelmed by the information they receive. Support and resources for helping parents process this information are in short supply.

Genetically Engineering Children (05:38)

Some fertility specialists only use preimplantation genetic diagnosis to rule out embryos that may develop serious illnesses. In the future some fertility clinics might help parents choose embryos that contain genes for desired traits.

Societal Implications of Genetically Engineering Children (04:34)

Does the right of a couple to make choices about the characteristics of their offspring outweigh society's need to put limits on the application of technology? Panelists debate some of the ethical questions that surround genetic technology.

Choosing Among Viable Embryos (02:29)

Doctors are able to perform preimplantation genetic screening in order to select the most desirable embryo for implantation. Panelists debate the ethics of putting limits on the applications of genetic science.

Cloning People (05:11)

Is there any scenario in which it is moral and ethical to clone a human being? Panelists debate the science and ethics of cloning people.

National Policy on Reproductive Technology (04:49)

Should policymakers place limits on the uses of genetic and reproductive sciences, or should doctors and parents be free to use these technologies as they wish? Panelists debate the issue.

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Making Better Babies: Genetics and Reproduction—A Fred Friendly Seminar

Part of the Series : Our Genes/Our Choices-A Fred Friendly Seminar
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How far should people be allowed to go in trying to have better babies? And whose definition of “better” should prevail? This Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Dateline NBC correspondent John Hockenberry considers the ethical dilemmas facing individuals and society that grow out of prenatal testing and genetic options that may be available in the future—such as cloning. Panelists include Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute; ABC journalist Meredith Vieira; Princeton University’s Lee Silver, author of Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family; Commissioner Paul Miller of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Adrienne Asch, Henry R. Luce Professor in Biology, Ethics, and the Politics of Human Reproduction at Wellesley College; Faye Wattleton, president of the Center for Gender Equality; and Zev Rosenwaks, director of The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. (58 minutes)

Length: 58 minutes

Item#: BVL30801

ISBN: 978-0-7365-5382-7

Copyright date: ©2003

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