treating harmful genetic diseases or traits by eliminating or modifying the harmful gene
Patient Self Determination Act
a federal law passed in 1990 that requires hospitals and other health care providers to provide written information to patients regarding their rights under state law to make medical decisions and execute advance directives.
the combination of proteins, called nucleotides, that is arranged to make up an organisms chromosomes
the process by which organisms are created asexually, usually from a single cell of the parent organism
a tiny segment of DNA found on a chromosome within a cell's nucleus.
a microscopic structure found within the nucleus of all living cells that carries genes responsible for the organism's characteristics.
a test whereby the physician withdraws a sample of amniotic fluid from the uterus of a pregnant woman
manipulation of DNA within the cells of plants, animals, and other organisms through synthesis, alteration, or repair to ensure that certain harmful traits will be eliminated in offspring and that desirable traits will appear and be passed on.
transplantation of animal tissues and organs into humans
embryonic stem cells
cells that have the potential to become any type of body cell.
a legal doctrine that gives the state the authority to act in a child's best interest
individuals in their mid to late teens who for health care purposes is considered mature enough to comprehend physician recommendations and give informed consent
treatment of a terminally ill patient's symptoms in order to make dying more comfortable; also called comfort care
treatment directed toward curing a patient's disease
Uniform Determination of Death Act
a proposal that established uniform guidelines for determining when death has occurred
the study of death and of the psychological methods of coping with it.
a conscious medical act that results in the death of a dying person
durable power of attorney
an advance directive that confers upon a designee the authority to make a variety of legal decisions on behalf of the grantor, usually including health care decisions
the act of allowing a dying patient to die naturally, without medical interference
orders written at the request of patients or their authorized representatives that cardiopulmonary resuscitation not be used to sustain life in medical crisis
human reaction to loss
Stage 1 of grief
feelings of denial and isolation
Stage 2 of grief
Stage 3 of grief
bargaining and guilt
Stage 4 of grief
depression or sadness
Stage 5 of grief
Indian Child Welfare Act
federal statute that regulates state court child custody proceedings involving Indian children, includes (1) foster care placement, (2) adoption, and (3) termination of parental rights, but NOT placements arising out of divorce.
emancipated minors criteria
They are self-supporting They are married They are serving in the armed forces
genetic engineering objection
religious or moral grounds that humans simply should not tamper with the time honored progression of life as dictated by nature the process will harm the environment by releasing super species that will crowd out natural species may have unforeseen affects
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
protect against genetic discrimination
Human Genome Project
funded by the US government, was started in 1990 to analyze the entire human genome. All DNA organisms, including genes
in vitro fertilization (IVF)
fertilization that takes place outside a woman's body, literally, "in glass" as a test tube