Genetic Engineering: A Good Thing?

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Today there are many definitions of Genetic Engineering, such as “Genetic Engineering is a laboratory technique used by scientists to change the DNA of living organisms” (Kowalski) and “Genetic Engineering refers to the modification or manipulation of a living organism’s genes” (Genetic). No matter the wording all definitions of genetic engineering refers to somehow changing an organism’s genetic identity. Many people today support genetic engineering because it has many potential benefits for today's society; however, it also has many potential threats associated with it. Because of the potential threats many people advocate for putting labels on food and products that have been genetically modified, which is why despite many potential benefits associated with genetic engineering, regulations need to be placed upon it as well as labels identifying organisms and food as genetically modified because consumers have the right to know what they are purchasing and eating. Not so long ago genetic modification was a thing of fiction, of mad scientists with crazy hair making monsters in laboratories powered by lightning. This is not true; genetic modification did take place is laboratories by scientists who might have had crazy hair, but it was a much safer than described above. There were, however, some organisms created that could have caused terrible consequences to the surrounding environment which is why "…guidelines for experiments were developed, and today genetic engineering experiments are carried out with relative safety in labs" (Kowalski). Despite this assurance, the past and fiction lingers in the minds of consumers everywhere which is one of the many reasons they why advocate for labels on modified organisms. "Criti... ... middle of paper ... ...rmington Hills MI: Greenhaven Press, 2004. 142-149. Print. “Say no to genetic engineering.” Greenpeace. n.d. Web. 31 March 2010. . Steinbrecher, Ricarda. “Genetically Engineered Crops May Harm The Environment.” Genetic Engineering. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Farmington Hills MI: Greenhaven Press, 2004. 150-158. Print. Taylor, Robert. Genetics. Farmington Hills MI: Lucent Books, 2004. Print Val Giddings, L. “Genetically Engineered Crops Are Not Dangerous.” Genetic Engineering. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Farmington Hills MI: Greenhaven Press, 2004. 135-141. Print. “What is Genetic Engineering?” Mothers for Natural Law. Safe Food-Campaign 2001, n.d. Web. 31 March 2010. . Yount, Lisa. Genetics and genetic Engineering. New York: Facts on File, 1997. Print.
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