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The complete analysis of the human genome raises the possibility of extensive use of genetic screening to assess future health risks for individuals. One application might be pre-employment screening. Such screening might have benefits and disadvantages for potential employees, employers, and society. For job applicants screening might reveal a genetic susceptibility to the health hazards of the job; the job may be avoided or special health precautions may be taken. Potential disadvantages of screening include inconvenience, anxiety, the uncovering of private information, refusal or loading of insurance, and reduced employment prospects. For employers the advantages of screening could include reduction …

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