Five for Friday: Genetic Counseling, Elderly Sharpshooter, Moral Heroes

CHICAGO, IL (June 1, 2018) – Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.

Can Genetic Counselors Keep Up with 23andMe?

Genetic testing, previously available only for physician use, is now being marketed directly to consumers. People using the services want to know what markers they might have for diseases. Some experts fear that despite the interpretative guidelines companies offer, consumers could easily be led to unnecessarily fear the future or think they are safe from particular diseases and conditions. Those beliefs can lead to dire consequences.

From the article: “Kelly Ormond, a genetics professor at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, worries that customers won’t understand the nuances or the limitations of their results, especially if their heads are spinning after reading the words breast cancer. ‘There’s a lot of confusion about what these tests detect,’ says Ormond.”

Revolver Dadi: India’s 86-year-old Sharpshooter

Chandro Tomar was 67 years old when she first picked up a gun, fired it at a target, and hit the bull’s eye on her first try. Since then, she has won numerous championships. She has trained hundreds of young people and says her goal is to empower young women and make them feel safe in Uttar Pradesh, the region of the country where she lives and which the media has called one of the most dangerous states for women.

From the article: “Perhaps her greatest achievement, though, is how her name is used to fight off cultural traditions that trap women in impossible situations. When a girl in her village is asked for dowry, for instance, people have been known to cite Tomar’s name as a way of showing women’s strength—and the demand is given up.”

The War Childhood Museum Shares Stories of Kids Growing Up under Siege

The year-old museum in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was started by a survivor of the Bosnia war. It collects everyday items and stories of children who grew up amid warfare. For example, one person shares that the ballet slippers on display testify to how dancing helped her emotionally survive at the time.

From the article: “The generation raised in the Bosnia war were forced to grow up prematurely. But this was not an anomaly. Today, this is a reality for children in conflict zones all over the world, and those who survive the violence often suffer from health and psychological problems long after the conflict ends.”

The Group Least Likely to Think the U.S. Has a Responsibility to Accept Refugees? Evangelicals

The number of people in the general populace who believe the United States has a responsibility to accept refugees has dropped from 56 percent to 51 percent over the past year, according to a Pew Research Center study. The percentage of white evangelicals who believe the country bears that responsibility is far lower. Even accounting for variances in how people are identified as evangelicals or how questions are asked, the gap is striking.

From the article: “Only 25 percent of evangelicals told Pew that they believed the United States has such a responsibility, half the percentage of Catholics who said the same thing and substantially lower than the religiously unaffiliated.”

Failed Futures of Music

It’s always fun to look with 20/20 hindsight at predictions people made that—for better or worse—turned out to be far from reality. With regard to music, experts prognosticated about technology that would never exist, and the music that most certainly would die. Of course, there are certain predictions you may wish had come true.

From the article: “While Billboard claimed 8-tracks would remain popular due to their ease of use, high-quality sound and prevalence in the auto industry, the 8-track revolution would not last. By 1970, the oversized tapes were already on the decline, with cassettes—smaller and easier to transport—surging in popularity.”



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Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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