What is Huntington's Disorder?
-Affects the nervous system
-Later on in life (about 40-50 years old)
-makes you forgetful
-have difficulty understanding things
-twitching of muscles
-unable to control movements
-An inherited condition
-Caused by a dominant allele
What is Cystic Fibrosis
-cells that make mucus produce the mucus too thick
-it blocks the lungs and tubes that take enzymes from the pancreas to the gut
-food not digested properly
-short of nutrients
What is genetic testing?
When an individual is tested for the presence of a particular allele that may cause a genetic disorder.
Who would want to be tested?
Someone with a family history for a serious genetic disorder.
Like Huntington's Disease or Cystic Fibrosis?
Yes, it helps them plan their life as to whether they want their own children or not
Are there any disadvantages?
Yes. Testing can be stressful and in some cases, a positive result may make it difficult to get a mortgage, job or life insurance.