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What are the ethical concerns of testing for genetic disorders?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some people are concerned that the results of testing for genetic disorders could be used to discriminate against them or their family members. Employers, life insurance, or health insurance companies could use information in a prejudicial way against people who have a high risk for certain disorders. Other people are concerned about privacy issues, and believe that test results could be made public.

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