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Have students go back to Your Genes, Your Choices and read the other chapters in the book. Students can be divided into groups, each assigned to one of the chapters. They can present the scenario to the class and ask their classmates what they would do in such a situation. After a discussion led by the group members, the presenters can inform students what the patient actually did.
Students in the class can also take a survey of the entire school or their community about Carlos and Mollie's dilemma. They can take a poll about how many people think Mollie should get tested for CF vs. how many people do not think she should get tested. The survey can also include questions such as whether or not Carlos and Mollie should consider prenatal testing for CF once Mollie gets pregnant. If the results are positive, should Mollie get an abortion? This type of survey allows students to understand how the public views such a dilemma.