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Please answer the question, addressing each section, using information from our text and other materials to support your thinking and provide background for your feelings and beliefs if you choose to include them. Only use the files I provided as sources for this essay.
One of the unresolved controversies of the Human Genome Project (HGP) is the difference between privately funded research, with its underlying values of competition, monetary reward and limited access; and publicly funded research, valuing collaboration,greater social good and open access.
Considering all of the information you have reviewed so far in this class – why social work is concerned with human biology, human development, intellect, environmental influences, evolution, and heredity – make a case for your opinion on the desirability of the HGP going forward in a public or private mode of research and information management. The following questions are to help guide your considerations:
*As social workers we value the self-determination of individuals, the minimization of oppression, the potential of all persons. How do these values influence your opinion? (If you are from a different discipline, address this from the standpoint of what you have come to understand about social work.)
*Does one approach (private or public) minimize the potential ethical concerns inherent in the ability to map human attributes to specific areas of the human genome over the other approach? What are some of the most important of those concerns in your opinion? (ie: genetic discrimination/oppression issues, individual choices in health care and maintenance, confidentiality of information vs. access to information)
*Do you see the information coming out of the HGP as vital to the continued existence of humanity? Is this research beyond practical implementation in the lives of most persons?