Thursday, January 10, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Genetic tests, Kaiadas, Hypocrisy

130110121018-large_thumb[1]Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-01-10]: A noninvasive, sequencing-based approach for detecting chromosomal abnormalities in the developing fetus is safer and more informative in some cases than traditional methods, according to a study published Jan. 10 by Cell Press in The American Journal of Human Genetics. This method, which analyzes fetal DNA in the mother's blood, could provide women with a cost-effective way to find out whether their unborn baby will have major problems, like developmental delay, intellectual disability, congenital defects, and autism. [source: Science Daily] It sounds great. But the basic question is: what will the mother do with this “information”? If the goal of science is death, things can go the wrong way all too quickly. And let us not fool our selves. This “advanced method” will lead many unborn children to their death because their parents do not want to lose their comfort… In the old Sparta it was called Kaiadas. Now it is called “medicine”…
 
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