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What are potential impacts of Huntington disease issues raised in the mass media that...

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seerboldly | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted September 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM via web

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What are potential impacts of Huntington disease issues raised in the mass media that require some scientific understanding?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted September 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM (Answer #1)

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Since Huntington's disease is eligible for genetic testing, many practical and ethical questions are arising. One of these is how old, how "mature," a person should be to be deemed responsible to undergo potentially negative genetic testing. Another, with the potential for significant social impact, is whether negative test results might be used in employment, financial, life and health insurance questions and other related issues ("Huntington's Disease Society and Culture," News-Medical.net).

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