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Chapter 2: Biology and Family Health: Epigenetics and beyond

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Biology and Family Health: Epigenetics and beyond
Biology and family health: Epigenetics and beyond

Gloria worries that she may develop the form of emphysema that runs in her family. She fears that having the DNA test for inheritable emphysema1 may affect her ability to get health insurance or even a job if this genetic predisposition is recorded in her medical records. Even with passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) in 2008, she remains leery over possible genetic discrimination when she applies for future jobs or health insurance. Gloria ponders if it would be safer to use an independent “genetic underground” testing program, so as to avoid scrutiny. Even if she completes this genetic test, should she share the findings with her physician, other family ...

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