New Bodies, New Selves, and genetics

New Bodies, New Selves, and genetics
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New Bodies, New Selves, and genetics
More often than not, children take the genetic traits of their parents in terms of
behaviors and to far extremes, even the health conditions. When a parent has a specific health
condition, for example, their parents are most likely going to possess the same types of a
medical condition as their parents. The concept of creating an enhancing and understanding
of the genetic disorder is complicated as many people have always denied an imminent health
threat to families and according to Cecil & Helman (2007), many argue that if a family,
mostly parents, have ever suffered a particular disease, for example, cancer at least one of
their siblings will suffer a similar health complication. Understanding the position of families
in relations to genetic disorders forms the basis for guidance and counseling and treatment in
the healthcare sector.
Do patients and their family understand the concepts of genetically related
As to whether families understand the concept of recessive genes and other genetic
disorders aspects, it is true that most family members are aware of these essential health
aspects. When a family is grieving the health complication of their loved one, they usually,
according to Cecil & Helman (2007), try to associate the complexity with their experience on
another close friend or family member. As such, if a person within their bloodline has
suffered from such a disease, they are quick to conclude that the condition may end just like
the previous experience. However, having an understanding of the previous experience, the
patient and the family members cannot help but wish for the best.
However, the significant insufficient of knowledge lacks when the patient and the
family members are striving to create an understanding of the concept of genetic testing and
gene therapy. In most of the contemporary societies, they usually perceive that genetic
disorders will be passed from one generation to another; therefore, they do not believe
genetic testing can be used to solve a genetically transferable health condition. As a result,
they remain adamant in pursuing genetic therapy which can be used to address the health
Most families, according to Hood (20114), have always argued and believed that one
of the family members suffered a particular disorder, somewhere along the bloodline, the
condition will present itself. For example, if children experience one of their parents suffering
the heart condition or cancer, for example, they or their children will experience the same
along their lives. As a result, it becomes clear that they understand the concept of genetic
disorders in relations to healthcare.
Due to social subjugation and norms, most communities have already created active
resistance, and they are not willing to accept the fact that the medical environment has been
revolutionized enough and any hereditary acquired disorder can be tested through the genetic
screening and solved using the gene therapy. In the last few decades, Wrigley (2016), has
asserted that DNA related disorders have been minimized due to early discovery and
intervention. However, the awareness regarding the existence of genetically related disorders
has been a key issue which has raised social subjugation and believes in relations to
inheritance of disease and healthcare.
Cadigan, R., Michie, M., Henderson, G., Davis, A., & Beskow, L. (2015). The Meaning of
Genetic Research Results: Reflections from Individuals with and Without a Known
Genetic Disorder. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: An
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Cecil G. Helman (2007). Culture health and illness (5th edition). International Review of
Psychiatry, 21(5), 489489. ISBN# 978-0-340-91450-2.
Hood, E. (2014). Genetics. Unravelling an Inherited Disorder: AATD. Environmental Health
Perspectives, 110(11), A668-A668. Retrieved from
Wrigley, A. (2016). Harm to Future Persons: Non-Identity Problems and Counterpart
Solutions. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 15(2), 175-190. Retrieved from

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