Genomic testing

by Jay Mullins

Genomic Testing\Importance of humans and society

Genetic testing involves examining your DNA, the chemical database that carries instructions for your body's functions. Genetic testing can reveal changes or alterations in your genes that may cause illness or disease.Although genetic testing can provide important information for diagnosing, treating and preventing illness, there are limitations. if you're a healthy person, a positive result from genetic testing doesn't always mean you will develop a disease. On the other hand, in some situations, a negative result doesn't guarantee that you won't have a certain disorder.

affecting you and your peers\how long its been researched

Since the inception of clinical genetic testing, health care professionals have been faced with the responsibility of determining when an individual is of an appropriate age to undergo testing. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person's chance of developing or passing on a Genetic Disorder Several hundred genetic tests are currently in use, and more are being developed.

describing ethical cobncerns\how its realted to other areas

Because genetic mutations can directly affect the structure of the proteins they code for, testing for specific genetic diseases can also be accomplished by looking at those proteins or their metabolites, or looking at stained or fluorescent chromosomes under a microscope. genetic testing is becoming more commonplace in the clinic. Yet most genetic tests are not regulated, meaning that they go to market without any independent analysis to verify the claims of the seller.

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The Human Genome Project was a huge undertaking in which government and private researchers mapped the entire sequence of human DNA. The project took more than 10 years and was completed in 2003. Scientists now estimate that the 3 billion or so “letters” that make up the human genome contain about 25,000 genes.
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