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This uncertainty is due to the fact that the research that discovers links between specific genes and disease is usually carried out using high-risk populations, which makes it easier to find the links between genes and disease. The same mutation may carry a much lower risk in the general population. Because it is difficult to conduct genetic research on large populations, we do not know the significance of most of these mutations for a person who has no other risk factors. And because our knowledge of the relationship between genes and disease is rapidly changing, a risk we think is conferred by the presence of a particular mutation may be shown to be higher or lower in the future.
Faced with a choice between continuing or terminating the pregnancy, they may wish to find out all they can about what the disability would mean for their future child and for their family. They may want to meet children with the same diagnosis and speak with their parents. They may need to evaluate their resources-financial, social, and spiritual-and whether they feel they have the strength, support, and faith to raise such a child. They may find they will reconsider their feelings about abortion, and in doing so explore what the act of choosing to terminate a pregnancy on the basis of a diagnosis means to them.
The reality of this small number of genes doomed the central dogma because genes must have more than one product. Some progress is already being made in understanding how one gene can have more than one product, but much remains to be learned. Consequently, as a prelude to the discussions in the rest of this book, we wish to urge the importance of humility as we think about humankind’s ability to understand all there is to know about our genes. It seems to us fair to say that, at least in the foreseeable future, no matter how rapid scientific progress may be, we will not know everything about how genes affect human health and disease.