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DNA Sequencing: Is Science Fiction Becoming Medical Fact? | Forbes

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With the implementation of Obamacare, a challenge went out to researchers to devise the $100 genetic profiling kit. This less expensive method is, of course, meant to cut costs to taxpayers, who ultimately bear the burden for public healthcare, but such a cost-cutting kit might also provide doctors with an inexpensive ‘selection’ tool.

Certainly, this new technology can and will be used to better diagnose and treat children both before and after birth, however its potential for abuse is terrifying. Forget eugenics–forget parental selection. Think economics. Will our government one day force parents to choose abortion rather than pay for a lifetime of doctor visits for a genetically defective child? Will individuals one day be required to submit to genetic screening to ensure healthy children and a healthier ‘nation’?

It’s coming. And it may be just one generation away–if we’re here that long. Even so come, Lord Jesus!

Read all about the new genetic screening method at DNA Sequencing: Is Science Fiction Becoming Medical Fact? – Forbes.

Molecular Babylon Series III — A Starr Rises in Indiana

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Jordan Hall Greenhouse is a popular field trip destination for elementary age children. It’s doubtful that the teachers reveal the dark history of the man for whom the greenhouse is named.

(This essay is but one installment in the Molecular Babylon series. Part I may be found herePart II may be found here)

By SHARON K. GILBERT

Bloomington, Indiana will always be one of my all-time favorite cities. As an avid high school vocalist, I spent summers there during the renowned Indiana University Music School Performers Clinic, and I vaguely recall walking past the gigantic plants on display in the greenhouse. I may have even commented upon them to friends as we headed toward the school bookstore to buy IU branded souvenirs—proof of our vocal triumphs in the shadow of IU’s operatic greats such as Eileen Farrell and Margaret Harshaw.

Many, many years after those naïve teenage years, I’d once again walk past those monstrous plants (grown even larger by then)—this time as a pre-med, biology student. In fact, I still dream about the many student trails that criss-crossed the Sciences section of IU’s sprawling campus. Inevitably, my dream walks take me past the familiar, Victorian style, glass building and the limestone hall behind it, both named for David Starr Jordan.

Imagine my shock then, when my current research into the early 20th century eugenics movement took me back to my Bloomington alma mater and back to Dr. Jordan, a man who epitomized the philosophy of the pseudoscientific movement that packaged racial and social bias within the pretty wrappings bettering humanity. Continue reading