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Dr. Robert Alexander
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What are pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research, cloning?

Dr. Robert Alexander
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What are pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research, cloning?

Controversial: Significant moral and scientific controversies in use of genetic engineering and cloning. Limited experience in the long-term outcomes make both issues limited to laboratory and animal studies. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Michael Opsahl
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What are some pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research and cloning?

Dr. Michael Opsahl
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What are some pros and cons of genetic engineering such as stem cell research and cloning?

Still research: Stem cells and cloning are research tools but they offer the hope of treating some disorders that may not have any other successful treatments. Consider new pancreas cells to treat diabetes, cells to correct parkinsons, etc. I doubt anyone has a good idea of where cloning will be of benefit. Any technology can be abused but let's focus on the good hopeful uses. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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What are the cons on genetic engineering on humans?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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What are the cons on genetic engineering on humans?

Fantasy talk: This is the kind of thing for high school bull sessions, not serious discussions. As soon as a few uncommon diseases responded to gene therapy, even the "militant greens" stopped screaming that it was unethical / immoral / degrading, etc., etc. We are nowhere near designing people with weird body parts as in science fiction. Life's hard enough without folks creating "debates" unrelated to reality. ...Read more

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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
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How is genetic engineering going to affect this modern society?

Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
Board Certified, General Practice
36 years in practice
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Of food?: If you are speaking of genetically engineering food....This has allowed farmers to feed more people than ever before. I know there is some controversy with this technique, but food for hungry people is a good thing. You seem like a deep thinker... Perhaps discuss this topic with your pastor , priest, rabbi or any other person who may have an insight on this topic. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What do doctors think about genetic engineering? Is it immoral?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What do doctors think about genetic engineering? Is it immoral?

Geeze: I can't speak for all doctors. HealthTap is here to provide medical education/ information. People are likely to have different opinions on the matter - but I am not sure an ethical debate is best for this forum. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Farbman
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How can genetic engineering help cure illnesses and disease's such as parkinsons?

Dr. Eric Farbman
Board Certified, Neurology
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How can genetic engineering help cure illnesses and disease's such as parkinsons?

Make missing protein: The general strategy is this. In parkinson disease, the cells that produce Dopamine are dying, Dopamine levels go down, and the symptoms and problems develop. Via gene therapy, a gene gets introduced that produces dopamine. It goes to where the Dopamine is needed, and problem solved. Except that it isn't so simple with many diseases. It has been helpful in ada deficiency, ie "bubble boy" disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Can genetic engineering be used to prevent canavan disease?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Can genetic engineering be used to prevent canavan disease?

No: All attempts at genetic engineering have so far failed for any disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Maya Haasz
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Can you tell me how can genetic engineering be used to prevent canavan disease?

Dr. Maya Haasz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Canavan: Genetic engineering can not prevent Canavan disease, but genetic testing can identify the gene in parents prenatally to determine whether your child is at risk. If you are a carrier, your partner should be tested and the results discussed with a genetic counsellor. ...Read more

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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Could preimplantation genetic diagnosis or genetic engineering get rid of diseases like Marfan syndrome?

Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Board Certified, Gynecology
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Could preimplantation genetic diagnosis or genetic engineering get rid of diseases like Marfan syndrome?

Yes: An embryo could be tested for the marfan mutation and only implanted if it did not contain that mutation. The same is true for a large number of other autosomal dominant or recessive diseases. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Enggano
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Cervical conization- what can I expect? Will I be out?

Dr. Brian Enggano
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Cervical conization- what can I expect? Will I be out?

Discuss with doctor : Cold knife conization is a procedure in which a cone shaped biopsy of the cervix is removed to treat cervical dysplasia. No overnight stay is required unless complications arise. You will be put under general anesthesia and the surgery lasts approximately 30 minutes. Your total recovery time varies from 1-2 weeks. The cervix, however, usually takes 4-6 weeks to heal completely. ...Read more

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