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Genetic Interventions & Ethics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
There are ethical concerns that come into play when talking about genetic interventions. In this chapter, you will learn about the different types of genetic interventions and the individual ethical concerns surrounding each one. The focus of these lessons includes how embryonic and adult stem cells are used, pros and cons of stem cell research, specific forms of prenatal and postnatal testing, and others. After you've viewed them, you can move onto the short quizzes that will help you evaluate your knowledge of the information presented. In this chapter, you will also learn:
- Why DNA sequencing is important for understanding the human genome
- What ethical issues arise from prenatal screening and diagnosis
- What is included in genetic counseling
- Types of positive and negative eugenics
- The ethical considerations of different types of genetic research
- Ethical concerns of Huntington's disease
|Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells: Uses, Origins & Properties||Study the uses of embryonic and adult stem cells.|
|Stem Cell Research Debates||Analyze the discussion behind stem cell research.|
|DNA Sequencing and the Human Genome||Explore human genomes within DNA sequencing.|
|How Prenatal and Postnatal Genetic Testing Works||Discover what happens during prenatal and postnatal genetic testing.|
|Prenatal Genetic Counseling and Assessment||Examine the process of genetic counseling.|
|Ethical Issues of Prenatal/ Perinatal Screening, Diagnosis & Counseling||Understand the ethical concerns with prenatal and perinatal screenings.|
|Positive & Negative Eugenics: Ethical Implications||Analyze what positive and negative eugenics mean ethically.|
|Ethical Considerations of Genetic Research, Therapy & Technology||Explore the types of genetic research and ethical concerns that come with them.|
|What Is Huntington's Disease? - Symptoms, Genetic Cause & Treatment||Know the definition, causes, and treatment of Huntington's disease.|
|Ethical Issues Related to Huntington's Disease||Analyze the ethical concerns of the testing of Huntington's disease.|
1. Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells: Uses, Origins & Properties
How can we grow a brand new windpipe? Or a heart? In this lesson, we'll learn about embryonic and adult stem cells and how scientists are using them to give people a new lease on life.
2. Stem Cell Research Debates
There are many benefits to stem cell research, yet the issue is also rife with ethical controversy. Will we ever find a way to use a potential life-saving technology that doesn't cause a big moral stir? Learn about stem cell research and some of the debates surrounding this issue.
3. DNA Sequencing and the Human Genome
DNA sequencing allows us to determine the exact genes that make up an individual. It can be used to screen for certain diseases and in crime scene analysis. Learn more about it in this lesson.
4. How Prenatal and Postnatal Genetic Testing Works
Have you ever wondered why pregnant women have so many doctor visits and need so many tests done? Learn more about how prenatal and postnatal genetic testing works and test your knowledge with a quiz.
5. Prenatal Genetic Counseling and Assessment
When expecting a baby, many couples are concerned with the possibility of something being wrong with the baby's health. In this lesson, we'll explore genetic counseling, including who should consider it and what to expect.
6. Ethical Issues of Prenatal/Perinatal Screening, Diagnosis & Counseling
Prenatal testing can help identify potential problems or disorders that may arise during or after birth. But it can be also be a source of controversy. How much information is too much and how do we use the information we obtain? While this controversial topic has many issues, we will stick to the basics in this lesson.
7. Positive & Negative Eugenics: Ethical Implications
If possible, should we try to improve the human race by selecting for or against certain traits? That question is the basis for positive and negative eugenics. In this lesson we'll discuss both types of eugenics and the ethical implications of this philosophy.
8. Ethical Considerations of Genetic Research, Therapy & Technology
In this lesson, we will define important concepts in genetic research, including genomes, DNA, gene therapy, cloning, and genetic engineering. We will discuss ethical considerations of genetic research, therapy, and technology.
9. What Is Huntington's Disease? - Symptoms, Genetic Cause & Treatment
In this lesson, you'll learn about a neurodegenerative disorder called Huntington's disease. You'll learn what a CAG repeat is, and how the number of these repeats can be used to predict whether or not a person will get Huntington's disease.
10. Ethical Issues Related to Huntington's Disease
In this lesson, the ethical debates which rage over Huntington's disease, including predictive testing, reproductive rights, and third party disclosure, are explored.
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