The alternative then is that, just as the redness of blood is a byproduct of other adaptations, so may be our predisposition
to religious belief.
Alternatively, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) technology allows genetic testing of human eggs and embryos before pregnancy making it completely realistic to establish only potentially normal pregnancies without Alzheimer's disease or any other early-onset or late-onset disorder with a genetic predisposition.
My colleagues and I recently published an article on the first known PGD procedure for inherited early-onset Alzheimer's disease resulting in a clinical pregnancy and the birth of a child free from inherited predisposition to the disease (JAMA 287:1018-21, 2002).
Positive and negative mood predispositions
were measured respectively by the 10-item negative affectivity (NA) scale ([Alpha] = .
Several cases have been cited in which an identification of genetic predispositions
for disease or carrier status have resulted in significant psychological stress to the child and family.
The roots of Americans' predisposition
in favor of assimilation reach deep into the American psyche.
Ultimately, however, "nature" - her predisposition
to violence - wins: after threatening her adoptive family again, Tory kills herself.
And now, with the genes for other diseases and medical predispositions
coming into focus, every individual becomes, in a sense, a minority member with particular odds of suffering a particular medical fate.
The research that led to the creation of this Kit has resolved many questions including: (1) why DNA has a double Helix structure, (a mystery which Nobel Prize recipients James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins in addition to many others have researched and worked to resolve), (2) how the formation, development and components of the Brain and Body are related to DNA (resolving a 200 plus year old mystery Rene Descartes was working on to determine if the MIND was the BODY, if the BODY was the MIND or Both), (3) how DNA at the molecular level and different Blood Types at the cellular level relate to the Brain, the Body and predisposition
to various diseases.
The difference is that if the fetus is found to be carrying the gene predisposing it to Alzheimer's disease or other early-onset or late-onset disorders, the couple has to make the extremely difficult decision of whether to terminate the pregnancy Such a decision could hardly be justified by genetic predisposition
alone, since the clinical manifestations of the disease may be realized in the very distant future or not realized at all in some cases.