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The Right to Choose or to Ignore

  • Harvey Bender

Abstract

Like politics, genetic counseling is the art of the possible rather than an ideal abstraction. It is essential then to first consider the current state of the art. The genetic counselor today is not a genetic engineer. Rather, he addresses himself to the identification of genetic disorders and those individuals capable of transmitting those disorders. He is primarily interested in prevention, and in those relatively few areas in which our knowledge is adequate, in treatment and possible cure. Despite the remarkable advances in medical and human genetics in the past few years, genetic counseling is still a new, incomplete, rapidly expanding field.

Keywords

Cystic Fibrosis Genetic Counseling Sickle Cell Anemia Sickle Cell Black People 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harvey Bender
    • 1
  1. 1.Notre Dame UniversityUSA

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