Genetic testing

Genetic testing is getting faster, more accurate, and less expensive. For a few hundred dollars, at companies like, individuals can get a great deal of information about their genetics: their ancestral history, probability of developing diabetes, breast cancer, even susceptibility to addiction or aggression (see the full list). Visit and review the Web site to which we’ve provided a link. The questions you may choose for discussion are about genetic testing and decisions that you can and soon will be able to make.

What would you want to know about your personal genetics?

Would you be interested in knowing about the genetics of a partner, someone with whom you wish to have children?

What about the genetics of your child, either developing in the womb or just born? If you could modify any part of your child’s genetics, would you? Would you consider modifying a child’s intelligence, eye color, sexual orientation, temperament and personality, or disposition to acquire disease or defect (sickle cell, Huntington’s, cystic fibrosis)?

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