Many of these pathways have been investigated and studied, and results have come to some while failures have come to others. One of the most recent, brilliant technologies to be brought to life from the study of genetics is gene therapy. As Panno (2004a) indicates, scientists have begun to imagine the possibilities of actually changing a living organism’s DNA, possibly making the specimen stronger, healthier, and more resilient to deadly diseases (n. pag.). Many dilemmas, most ethical and religious, arise from this thought process, but the fact that it is possible remains.
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The Human Genome Project has allowed geneticists to map the genes of human beings. This project is far from complete, as the DNA sequence of humans is extremely long, yet it will eventually show geneticists which genes are responsible for certain inherited diseases. Identified genes could be repaired, resulting in the irradiation of inherited diseases, such as cancer. Just last year, the locations of genes for several diseases were confirmed and may soon be correctable. Secondly, research in genetics has brought about a new medical field, genetic counseling.
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In the modern world humans have been able to design and create nearly anything, most to aid us in our daily lives and improve our standard of living. It is only inevitable that eventually humans would take our superior knowledge and skill to manipulate life itself and change our genome to produce a healthier and even more superior human standard of life. In recent years discussion about gene therapy has changed into a promising possibility to treat many of our common human diseases and disorders. Although gene therapy might be the answer to many problems, it has been met with a number of logistical and ethical hardships. With the prospect of being a treatment for inherited genetic disorders, cancers, and viral infections, gene therapy seems like the logical fix-it-all bandage that many people would benefit from.
The Viability of Gene Therapy for Hemophilia Gene therapy is a vast field, and experimentation is being attempted for a broad range of diseases. Gene therapy for hemophilia is specifically more viable than gene therapy for other diseases, even though it has some fallbacks of its own. Researchers have found that specific viral vectors can be used in gene therapy for hemophilia. Over the years, scientists have created a large experimental base by usage of both animal and human models. They have also found that there are certain technical problems to be overcome, despite the advances that have been made.
Genome science will have a real impact on all our lives, and even more on the lives of our children. It will revolutionise the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of most, if not all, human diseases." - Bill Clinton, June 2002. The Human Genome Project came into existence in the late 1980's as scientist from around the world aimed to map where every human gene is found on our chromosomes. The Project was a great success as scientists were successful, but now in order to extend the project, scientists are trying to work out what each gene codes for.