Testing for Huntington’s Disease

Biology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This paper details the technological advancements in genetic testing for Huntington’s Disease.

This paper examines the scientific aspects of Huntington’s disease and how this autosomal medelian disorder has come to provide rich insight into genetic testing. However, with that testing comes ethical dilemmas. This paper examines how the trait can be located through genetic testing and proposes several arguments about whether abortions should be performed on those infants found to have the disease.
Huntington’s disease is one of the most prevalent single locus hereditary disease in human beings. According to the Society for Neuroscience, HD effects roughly 30,000 Americans and an estimated 150,000 more are at risk of exhibiting symptoms at some point in their lives. Huntington’s is a chronic debilitating disease that is almost certainly fatal.


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