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Genetic testing debate
Spokesperson Linda Avey, co-founder of a genetic testing company, explains how, through analysing a sample of saliva, the company can look at your DNA and find out your risk factors for a variety of diseases based on your genetic profile. The simplistic nature of this service is compared with conventional genetic testing via hospitals, well supported through counselling. A genetic counsellor explains the limitations of genetic testing with no consideration of external or environmental factors. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 9 April 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Appreciation of this report will enable pupils to establish some grounds for balanced argument in this area.
Use as a stimulus for debate, provoking discussion around the ethics of genetic testing in this fashion.
Pupils could ultimately present their argument as a formal letter, magazine article or discursive essay.
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