Whose DNA Is It Anyway?

What if your girlfriend asked you to take a DNA test before you got engaged? Or your employer wanted a DNA test as a precondition for that great new job? Or if, when you got pregnant, your insurance company offered you a discount rate for having your fetus tested and then having its DNA modified (or having it aborted) if it were found to have cerebral palsy? These questions are not all that far-fetched as new discoveries about human genetics and new techniques for identifying disease are almost daily news. This first set of questions sets the stage for🔒

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Margery Post Abbott is a member of Multnomah Meeting in Portland, Oreg. She is the author of several books and pamphlets about Quakerism and currently serves as clerk of Friends Committee on National Legislation.

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