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Genetic Research Must be Regulated Human genetics and cloning have become a subject of hot debate in the recent past Currently there are very few restrictions or regulations on genetic research and cloning This means that the world of genetic research is wide open In order to control genetic research and cloning an official government run department or committee must be established This department would be able to regulate and restrict all genetic research and set a standard in bioethics The most important duty of the government department of bioethics would be to set guidelines for what is and is not acceptable in genetics research This department or committee would decide what kind of research and experiments would be permissible This would prevent experiments such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment from happening again in the future With few laws in effect right now just about anyone can perform any experiment they want with genetics This presents a great danger that morbid and inhuman experiments could be performed with no repercussions An official committee would be able to control such research by enacting laws and prosecuting the perpetrators The second function of an official government body would be to answer all of the ethical questions about genetic research One question that this group would answer is after a person is tested genetically who should have access to the results of the test This question brings about a lot of controversy especially if the person tested is found to have some kind of genetic disposition to a certain disease Should insurance companies or employers be given this information If insurance companies were notified surely they would raise the premium or drop the coverage of the high-risk client An employer may let their employee go if they know he or she may be getting ill sometime in the future and will not be able to perform as he or she did in the past This really doesnt
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