During the last decades a lot of breakthrough occurred, leading to predictive gene testing. Some of our hereditary genes can actually be mutated or could be more susceptible to certains diseases. That is why some companies like 23andMe are commercialising kits that could potentially tell us what mutated genes we have or what diseases we have higher risks to have in our life. Since we are assuming that the 23andMe product is free I would use it, because if my results were to come back positives I could avoid getting sick by treating myself before any signs of sickness, I could also choose a healthcare that is more adapted to future needs, and let my parents aware of my genetic predispositions and eventually save their lives too because one of them has the same gene as me even if having a mutation in my genes does not necessarily mean I will have the disease it involves.
Overall it is better to know everything about my health and what might happen to me at an early stage so I can take all the measures necessary to save my life (www. eurogentest. org). Having some knowledge in biology and genetics, I would probably be able to understand most of my results. An issue raised in one of the paper (www. time. com) is that most of people don’t understand the scientific language which might be problematic and confusing for them because they have this piece of information that they can’t comprehend it and might even sometimes read it wrong which could be harmful. Which lead to another issue in these types of tests, if an individual get their results back and see that they don’t have a gene that predisposes them to any type of disease, they would just assume they won’t have cancer for the rest of their life and will never get a check up which is the only cons that I really agree with. Some say that an individual getting bad results could suffer from extreme anxiety and could become paranoid.
Although a study which test 135 participants in the Canadian program testing to predict the risk of Huntington’s disease which is a hereditary disease that affects progressively the nerves in our brains. When the participants got their results back, they noticed that those who had a positive test were disappointed but also had a new focus on their physical symptoms, and were trying to improve their quality of life through food or exercise, a lot of them had more regular check ups, they did not notice any type of suicidal thoughts although some participants did ask for more counseling. ( “The psychological consequences of predictive testing for huntington’s disease”)When taking the test people should understand that 23andMe don’t provide an accurate diagnosis for your entire life, it only gives you percentages of getting infected by something.
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