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You are the Judge.
You have just finished listening to the closing arguments of a trial and you retreat to your chambers to make a decision. The attorneys for the insurance company argued that genetic profiles should be available for review by insurance companies. They asserted that insurance companies have a right to know about the pre-existing conditions of their clients, including the genetic pre-disposition to develop a disease. If insurance companies remain ignorant of genetic profiles, individuals without genetic flaws will be forced to subsidize the cost of those who develop genetic diseases.

The attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the insurance company's argument. The ACLU asserts that genetic information is private. The fifth amendment protects the privacy of all individuals, and genetic privacy is no exception. If genetic information was made public, individuals with genetic flaws would face discrimination from insurance companies and employers.

You ponder the evidence for several hours. Now it is time to make a decision.

Do you rule in favor of the Insurance company or the ACLU?