Unit II Article Critique
Is genetic testing right for you and your family?
Recent advancements within scientific research have spurred controversy over the topic of genetic testing, especially with
newborns. Although scientists can now identify certain DNA markers that reveal an increased propensity for various
diseases and disorders, numerous moral dilemmas quickly emerge. How will predicting future events impact the present?
Would knowing that your child is most likely going to develop Alzheimer’s disease change the way that you raise him or
her? Should someone help you understand the implications if you are told that your child is most likely going to be
autistic? What impact will these “potential” results have on your child’s healthcare? Could genetic testing force your child
to be plagued with unnecessary stigmas?
Read the article by Pollack (2010) and write a two-page critique examining why so much controversy surrounds genetic
testing today. Do you agree or disagree with the author’s stance on this topic?
Pollack, H. (2010). Put to the test: As genetic screening gets cheaper and easier, it’s raising questions that health-care
providers aren’t prepared to answer. The American Prospect, 21(9), 21-24. Retrieved from Opposing Viewpoints
in Context database.
Tips for locating the article: Locate the article within the CSU Online Library. After you log into your myCSU homepage,
click on the CSU Online Library button. Next, go to the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database. You will then type the
name of the article within the search box located at the top of the page and click “search.” You should then see the article
listed in your choices. You can always contact one of the librarians for further assistance.
Tips for writing your Article Critique:
Introduction – This is meant to give a concise overview of the article being discussed and is usually one
paragraph in length.
Summary – This contains the summary of the article that gives the general argument(s) and overview of the
Critique – In this portion of the paper, you should provide a critique/opinion of the article. You should state
whether you agree or disagree with the issues that were posed. Furthermore, you should also discuss why you
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