Jonathan Jackson's Genetic Disorder

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The purpose of this essay is to determine whether it was an appropriate decision to strip Jonathan Jackson of his job because of his genetic disorder, Haemophilia. They believe that Jonathan Jackson will be unable to function in his role as an air traffic controller. It will also investigate whether their employers should be given the right to make decisions based on their medical information from their DNA and then make this information available to other future employers.
Haemophilia is a rare bleeding disorder in which the blood doesn 't clot normally. If someone has haemophilia, they may bleed for a longer time than others after an injury. You also may have internal bleeding, especially in your knees, ankles, and elbows. This bleeding can …show more content…

(Genetics Home Reference, 2012). Signs and symptoms of haemophilia vary, depending on your level of clotting factors. If your clotting-factor level is mildly reduced, you may bleed only after surgery or trauma. If your deficiency is severe, you may experience spontaneous bleeding. Haemophilia is very hard to identify if someone is a carrier, the genetic disease will remain dormant until it is passed onto the offspring. There are many ways that Haemophilia can be identified or diagnosed in a patient. When an infant goes through circumcision, if prolonged bleeding continues after the circumcision occurs, that may be the first indication of haemophilia in a baby boy. In boys who aren 't circumcised, easy bruising when the child becomes more mobile may lead to the diagnosis. The first episode of bleeding generally occurs by the time a child is 2 years old. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2014). Genetic tests can be conducted on the parents of the infant to determine whether they are a carrier of the haemophilia gene or whether they have the haemophilia disorder in their family. (Refer to source 1.1 in Appendices). Many people who have or have had family members with haemophilia will ask that their baby boys get tested soon after birth. About one-third of babies who are diagnosed with haemophilia have a new mutation not present in other family members. In these cases, a doctor might check for haemophilia if a newborn is showing certain signs of haemophilia. To make a diagnosis, doctors would perform certain blood tests to show if the blood is clotting properly. If it does not, then they would do clotting factor tests, also called factor assays, to diagnose the cause of the bleeding disorder. These blood tests would show the type of haemophilia and the severity. (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention,

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