A Future Of Human Gene Editing

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Jessica Henson
English 6C, Period 5
25 May 2016

A Future of Human Gene Editing

Human gene editing is something that could be used to treat diseases, allow people to choose the gender of their child, or even superiorize humans in the future, but these are not without disadvantages that need to be considered. Genetic engineering “implies that a functional gene is stitched into a chromosome within a new host organism”(Tudge 258). It was originally intended to create plants and animals that were more resistant to disease in order to save the money of farmers who had to purchase drugs to protect their crops and livestock. Human gene editing is made possible with CRISPR-Cas9 which “can precisely make specific, targeted changes to an organism’s genes”(Staropoli). Gene editing in humans should not be used, however, because it is dangerous and will cause a variety of problems in the future. Human genetic engineering could result in a divide in social classes, a decrease in human diversity and freedom of choice, the creation of a new breed of humans, and is not a safe procedure. Society will especially be affected by human genetic engineering.
Designer babies will disrupt society and cause a more prominent gap between social classes. A designer baby is “a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering combined with in vitro fertilization to ensure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics”(Designer Babies). Genetic engineering is not cheap, and only higher class, rich people will be capable of purchasing it, therefore, they could pay to create the “perfect” child. Because parents would be capable of paying to change or enhance certain traits, other children who have not been...

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...ge, Colin. The Impact of the Gene : From Mendel 's Peas to Designer Babies. 1st American ed. New York: Hill and Wang, 2001. Print.
This book provides explanations of a variety of subjects relating to human genetic engineering. The author discusses the past, present, and future of genetic engineering. He provides many examples of people who have experimented with or attempted human gene editing along with a great amount of history relating to the subject. He also defines eugenics and genetic engineering along with many other important terms. The author’s viewpoint is neutral and is able to provide a multitude of pros and cons of human genetic engineering along with very in-depth explanations. This source is reliable because it explains the history and future of human genetic engineering, explains both sides of the argument, and provides results of past experiments.
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