That being said, genetic testing is now available to essentially anyone. While genetic testing may put us a great advantage scientifically, it could also be a set-back. Genetic testing is really helpful in medical circumstances but in situations where a person just wants to know what their genes say about them, it can cause unnecessary stress on a family and give families information they are not able to accept or interpret. A new and growing trend in the medical field right now is genetic testing. Testing began in the 1960’s when doctors realized they could test babies for diseases just hours after they were born.
DNA is what makes you you. It has four nitrogen bases; A, T, C, and G make up the way a person look and develop. This DNA is cut into sequences called By changing the way the protein codes for a specific trait or gene we can make the DNA mutate to a better cell. While changing DNA could lead to cures in the medicine, some say genetic experimentation should not be allowed because it is not safe. Even though the critics do not think that genetic medicine is safe, Americans should all support genetic testing because the testing is revolutionary, more effective, and can cause major diseases to fade away.
In his article, Catalano predicts that with technology advancing at such a rapid pace, that one day designer babies will soon be a reality. Even though genetically engineering humans is frowned upon by most of society, it has the potential to become commonplace in the near future. Similar procedures that alter the genes of a fetus exist today but are less intrusive include the preimplantation genetic diagnosis and the nuclear transfer. The Human Genome Project will help scientists learn how to genetically engineer humans
Germline gene transfer. National human genome research institute. Retrieved from http://www.genome.gov/10004764 Smith, K. R., Chan, S., & Harris, J. (2012). Human germline genetic modification: Scientific and bioethical perspectives.
Using genetic engineering will allow parents to choose what traits their child will have. For example, the color of the child’s eyes, skin and hair will be decided. As well as, choosing the height of the baby and weight it will be able to be. Scientists are also finding ways to eliminate diseases in babies, “in February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met to consider conducting clinical trials to test out genetic manipulation techniques to prevent mitochondrial disease from occurring in offspring.” (Ghose). With all the advancements science has made, being able to cure and vaccinate against diseases isn’t much of a shock.
The use of genetic engineering has increased significantly over the years. Theoretically any trait occurring in nature can be mixed with another to create a completely new organism. It is unnatural and some people believe it is interfering with nature. The power of science is l... ... middle of paper ... ... good for infertile couples who are unable to have children and they are guaranteed to have children with characteristics the same as the parents and they would be able to choose traits. Would this encourage more parents to genetically engineer their baby?