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Bioethics Case Studies

Robin Said:

Do you Believe That Jews Do Not Come From the Middle East, and are Genetically Unlike Other Middle Easterners?

We Answered:

Were all humans, and that should be the end of the argument.

Lillian Said:

Is it time to just go with being stupid?

We Answered:

take a break, see a therapist

Franklin Said:

Is it time to just go with being stupid?

We Answered:

It's hard to imagine how my life would be ruined if I could go back to being in high school, even with all the problems you've described (and alluded to). Perhaps you really could try a different approach to life and see how that works for you? Perhaps you could explore the idea of it and see if there are ways to try out parts of new approaches without radically changing everything in a high-risk switch. The "What if...?" statements are all mostly the sort of things that create feelings of anxiety (if they are bad things) or excitement (if they are good things). Noticing how the things you say to yourself make you feel is part of a therapy approach called cognitive-behavioral therapy (aka CBT).

You mention perfectionism. This is often a problem for people who have a strong fear of being judged or rejected by others, as is being overly 'nice'. You also mention having a breakdown and feeling like you'll "never recover". That thinking in permanent terms regarding adversity is one of the hallmarks of a pessimistic explanatory style, as decribed by Martin Seligman's "Learned Optimism". I think you might find that book, and perhaps individual psychotherapy, helpful in changing the way you think and feel in order to become who you want to be.

Lonnie Said:

Bioethics Case Studies?

We Answered:

I have to do these case studies a lot in my Biotechnology class. Here are a few that I have done. They aren't actual cases, but an idea.

1. A couple collects and freezes the wife's age so as to allow them to continue their careers to be financially stable for children later. They divorce, and there are six frozen eggs. Who gets the eggs? The woman wishes to destroy them, and the man wishes to keep them for use as they may be his only chance for children. Keep in mind that the eggs are the woman's genetic material, but that they signed for the egg storage jointly.

2. Who owns the patent on the genetic code for your proteins?
With the completion of the Human Genome Project, it is likely that all people will have their DNA sequenced in the future. This would create a "DNA fingerprint," The question is, who should have access to this? Who decides who has access? Is this information that should be kept quiet, or be available to the public like our tax information?
Should medical authorities, insurance agencies, the military, prospective spouses, or employers have access to your genetic fingerprint? Should some have access, and not others?
Should scientists working in gene therapy have access to it? Should you be able to collect payment if your fingerprint is used to correct faulty or inferior DNA?

Let me know if you need more help! I thought these were interesting. The second can be narrowed down quite a bit!

Darlene Said:

Please help me with this case?

We Answered:

it's about saving a child live

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