The Future of DNA Testing Term Paper by Nicky

The Future of DNA Testing
Looks at the development, application and future of DNA testing.
# 147888 | 1,880 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 05, 2011 in Biology (Biotechnology) , Criminology (Forensics) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper explains the history of the development of genetic identity testing as used in DNA fingerprinting, profiling, and typing especially its use in forensics. Next, the author reviews the use of DNA testing in medical science to eliminate genetic defects, diagnose and treat diseases like cancer, re-engineer the embryo and improve periodontal dentistry. The paper concludes that, along with the promise of accurate detection and treatment of virtually every disease, DNA testing also creates the possibility of abuse through genetic discrimination. The paper has end notes with the bibliography.

Table of Contents:
The Beginnings of Genetic Identity Testing
DNA fingerprinting
Getting Rid of Genetic Defects through DNA Testing
More Miracles Forthcoming
Shaping Tomorrow's Super People
DNA Knowledge, a Prime Advantage in Court
Unbeatable Forensic Tool
Injectables in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
A Milestone in Dental Science
A DNA Database for Healthcare
Genetic Discrimination, a Downside

From the Paper:

"The father of DNA science, James Watson, expressed the belief that legislation could eliminate genetic defects from future generations. Current fears of creating "designer babies" control the law and these fears obstruct the dream from getting realized. In that dream, the genes of sperms, eggs and embryos can be altered to remove those defects. There may be risks, Dr.Watson admits, but calculated benefits far outweigh and justify those risks. Dr. Watson shared the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953 with Francis Crick."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Saad R. Discovery, development and current applications of DNA identity testing. Baylor University Center. April 2005
  • Connor S. Let us rid society of genetic defects, says DNA pioneer. The (London) Independent. April 16 2001
  • Eakins P. Strides foreseen in genetic research. Topeka Capital-Journal. May 6 2000
  • Pw. Designer kids, super-athletes and genomic cures. Whole Earth. Summer 2000
  • Holmgren, J and Winterdyk, J. DNA evidence: balancing the scales of justice. Law Now. October-November 2001

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