Gene Blues: Dilemmas of DNA Testing (1997)
Producer: Moving Images; Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young
"The discovery of the structure of DNA may have the most far-reaching consequences of any of this century's amazing scientific advances. As geneticists unlock the DNA code, they learn how differences in the DNA that makes of particular genes are linked to variations in physical traits, from an organism's size to its resistance or susceptibility to disease. While there's no doubt that genetic engineering holds tremendous promise for alleviating human suffering, what are the risks? This program looks at some problem areas: loss of privacy unless access to personal genetic information is protected; discrimination in employment and insurance based on genetic tests; and loss of respect for people with disabilities as the public comes to view certain inherited conditions as 'avoidable' and some call for restricting the reproductive rights of those who are genetically 'flawed'. Some problems require public debate. How much money should be devoted to genetic research when we know that money spent on nutrition and environmental clean-up can produce immediate tangible results? To what extent should human beings intervene in the basic workings of nature? GENE BLUES sets the stage for a national debate on the ramifications of gene technology." (Description from cassette box)
Disease; DNA; Discrimination; Employment; Engineering; Genes; Genetic Engineering; Genetic Information; Genetic Research; Insurance; Nature; Nutrition; Privacy; Reproductive Rights; Research; Rights; Suffering; Technology; Confidentiality; Genetic Counseling / Prenatal Diagnosis; Genetic Screening / Genetic Testing; Gene Therapy / Gene Transfer; Genome Mapping; Information Science Ethics; Government Ethics; Economics of Health Care; Health Care for Particular Diseases or Groups; Health Care for Mentally Disabled Persons;
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