About a week and a half ago, President Bush signed the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act.
You can read about it here:
The reason I bring this up is because several people (not doctors) have suggested that I undergo genetic testing, since it is suspected that autoimmune diseases are highly connected to our genes.
Amongst other things, the law protects against discrimination in insurance and employment based on your genetic makeup, should you decide to find out about it. So, with those factors taken out of the equation, why not do it?
It’s just one of many things that I’m not sure about lately.
Is it a necessity or a necessary evil?
The problem is that even if the veil of discrimination is lifted, there is still the fact that I may find out things that I don’t want to know about and have no control over.
Just like the discussion of whether my sister should be tested for the illnesses that I have, is this a prophylactic measure or a stupid one? Won’t it cause more worry than it’s worth? And since science hasn’t perfected itself to the point of absolute certainty, what do the results tell us anyway?
I’d be happy to hear from people that know more about the issue, as I don’t know too much about it. What are the pros and cons? And do we really want to know?