It’s that time of year when idk what’s droopier – my book bags, stuffed with endless assignment work and textbooks, or my eye bags getting darker and saggier as I log away less & less hours sleeping and more & more procrastinating/slightly working. OH and to quite literally top it off – guess who got their first, fat stress pimple of the year… this girl!
So as you may have realized by now, this post is just one long, seemingly endless complaint, whine, pity cry… whatever you may call it.
I actually began writing this after receiving a mark back for my first paper of the semester. i got a 72…. pretty disappointed, but I kind of see why I got this mark. That being said, I DO know what to do to get a better mark. but here’s the thing, I knew that even when I was writing this paper, but it would require sooo much more effort and time. Because getting a higher mark means reading waaay more primary sources, and i mean actually reading not just skimming. plus it’s for a class that i sit in and wonder how terrible of a person i am because i genuinely just do not care about human rights, inequality blah blah. I mean yeah I care, but i definitely do not care enough to want to read this shit and participate. which brings me to my next point, literally the only reason I took the class was because I knew the professor… and my god what a horrible decision to make. DO. NOT. TAKE. CLASSES. YOU. ARE. NOT. INTERESTED. IN. PERIOD. lesson learned.
do i drop the class? i totally could, but would that harm my relationship with this professor? one that i was pretty much banking on for reference letters etc??? but there’s also my gpa to consider. you can always get more references, but gpa is only calculated once.. idk. decisions…
I wrote this for an assignment a week ago and found out later there is a strict 1-3 sentence max!!! I’m kind of proud of it though, so I’m posting it here. COMMENT ANY THOUGHTS QUESTIONS CONCERNS!
Assignment 1: Would you have your genome sequenced? Why or why not?
Whole genome sequencing, while a fantastic accomplishment in the field of medical genetics, poses a perplexing issue to the healthcare field. It is paradoxical to answer whether the results of genome sequencing for healthcare will in fact benefit or harm the individual patients and their relatives, considering its validity and utility in a clinical and ethical context. Personally, I would have my genome sequenced, specifically for category 1 and category 2. Overall, I think the significance of the results to my lifestyle, diet and medical attention I seek is paramount; it would be more than valuable to know the underlying genetic basis for diseases I could possibly have, and furthermore prevent. Nevertheless, I would opt not to reveal categories 3, 4 and 5. I would not wish to pursue category 3 or 4 because not only does this present additional chances for incidental findings, it also will cause unwanted anxiety regarding health issues out of my control and the control of healthcare providers. In other words, since the genetic and brain diseases revealed through these categories currently have no preventive measures or cures, there is effectively no clinical utility of these results. In addition, I would refuse to get the results from category 5 due to lack of ethical validity. The results from this category does not reveal anything about MY personal genome, so I would be taking the away the freedom of choice for my future children and relatives’ future children to know anything about their genomic identity. Ultimately, whole genome sequencing is a great technological advancement for the study of genetic diseases, however has limited application to personalized medicine due to issues of ethics and clinical efficacy. In light of this, I would choose to get my genome sequenced only in those categories (1 and 2) which would profitable to my health no matter what the results show. Evidently, the choice to get entire genomes sequences is solely based on the outlooks and ideals of each individual.
note: featured image was taken from CartoonStock.com, artist Mike Baldwin.
more to come soon. hella excited.