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Are you a genetic time bomb?
A bartender.You are 21, just graduated from college, and a dedicated athlete. You competed in college sports, and now run or swim daily. You come from a family of athletes, none of whom you ever remember seeing sick. You are taking it easy this summer, working as a bartender to make money as you contemplate your future.
Should you be tested for genetic predispositions to disease as a form of preventive medicine?
Clicking on "yes" or "no" will move you to the next page. You will have a chance to reconsider your answer when you get to the end of the case and have explored some of the ramifications of your decision, but you cannot click back!
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Are you a genetic timebomb?
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Did you know?
A 13-year project of the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health, the Human Genome Project (HGP) announced in April 2003 the completion of a "map" of the entire sequence of the human genome, which is made up of approximately 30,000 human genes. Since the map can help predict a person's propensity to genetic diseases, the possible benefits of the HGP are enormous. There are roughly 10,000 known genetic diseases, and knowing the exact sequence of the genetic mutations contributing to those diseases may help researchers better understand and treat them.