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David R. Paletta
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Ethics Defined

Published by David Paletta

As I have been doing research for blog articles, I came across a wonderful web site on ethics.  It is organized in a book format.  The articles are written in a clear manner that the general public, and attorneys, can understand.  

Yet, the subject of ethics is discussed in depth.  This web site is a great resource for those of us interested in ethics, and who strive to live in a more ethical manner.  I encourage everyone to take advantage of this great resource that is free to all.  It can be found at www.ethicsdefined.org
Comments
Posted January 20, 2013 11:07 by Anita
I was particularly moved by a dortemnuacy I saw not too long ago about the ethics of genetic testing for Alzheimers disease. There is a certain type of Alzheimers which comes at an earlier age and is known to be inherited. If a parent has it you have a 50% chance of getting it as their son or daughter. In the dortemnuacy I mentioned there was a young woman who decided to get tested. Her mother had come down with Alzheimers in her mid-30 s. Most of the young woman's sisters and brothers decided they would rather not know. The dortemnuacy followed the woman as she tried to decide whether to get tested (she had a young child of her own and wanted to know whether she needed to start planning for a caregiver for that child). She got tested and then there was a long wait for the results. Then the results came in and she learned she had the gene that would lead to Alzheimers in her mid-30 s like her mothers. There's always hope of course that medicine will find a cure before the disease takes over, but it was a sad scene in the dortemnuacy as the young woman got the news. I'm not sure in the end whether she really wanted to know after all. There are also other serious ethical issues about genetic testing for a disease like Alzheimers. Insurance companies or employers could decide not to accept you if they know that you will come down with a disease like this in a relatively short time period. You could be discriminated against in many aspects of your life. You would be viewed as sort of a ticking timebomb. If you look in a search engine for genetic testing and Alzheimers you will find several sites on this topic.