There are many moral and ethical decisions that need to be considered before gene therapy can be widely accepted. Do we have the right to change a person’s genetics, especially before they are born? Do we know enough to confidently insert or delete genes without detrimental consequences down the road? If we have the ability to help people who have disabilities or diseases, is it ethical to withhold and not treat the patient? I believe human gene therapy is a good and useful tool for medicine and needs to be developed because it posses the ability to help and cure people from ailments that degrade their quality of life.
...But not only does it make you prone to genetic disorders and cancers, but it is possible to pass down to your children. It is a controversial topic for multiple reasons. One being the fact that people want the studies to continue for medical advancements. People defend that it by saying that we are on the road to using it to prevent and heal cancer, and even change genes to prevent genetic disorders. In conclusion, though I believe Epigenetics should not be acted upon, I believe the study and research of the topic would be wise.
I think that if people get a disease it is either their own fault or they got it for some reason. I do not think that we should be able to decide who lives and who dies. It is okay to try and help people live but if they need gene therapy there has to be some reason why they are supposed to die. I think they will be able to fix any problem anyone has by simply giving them a shot that goes into their cells and fixes the part of the DNA that is not right, the question is how will
When it comes to the topic of genetic modification some of us will readily agree that humanity would be better off without it. Where as some are convinced that genetic modification may be the best way to go for the next generation, others maintain that it will cause conflict and separation between societies. Some of us can agree that even though scientists say genetic modification is to break the cycle of cancer and other inherited diseases, I say that along with the process comes the option of changing other features in your unborn child. Genetic modification should not occur because even though some consider it a good thing there are still a lot of negative things that come from this like cell imbalance. Genetic modification may decrease the chances of genetic diseases, but how can we be sure we obtained and modified all the infected cells.
While gene therapy can help curing diseases, it can potentially be used for increasing intelligence, athletic ability, and attractiveness. According to one survey, the majority believes that gene therapy would be a last resort for treatments as it disrupts gene diversity and it should have mandatory conditions (Robillard et al., 2013), While gene therapy could help children with combating disease and possibly curing their disease, it should not be used to alternate genes for other
Even though we should get rid of diseases we should keep some because of the reason stated above. One of the main problems with genetic engineering is the question about the safety of making changes at the cellular level. Scientists have a very good idea on how the body works, they don’t understand the consequences of the slightest changes yet. If they wipe out one disease it has a chance of introducing another disease which could be even more dangerous. (future,
Though the situation may look bleak, doctors need to take up the responsibility to be honest with their patients in order to honor the principle of respect for autonomy, and yet be beneficent by presenting a sense of realistic hope that treatment will succeed so that they will not easily give up on their chance of living. Only when there is a life-or-death emergency where there little time for the physician to react in both an autonomous and beneficent manner is when benevolent deception can be justified. In any other circumstances, the use of benevolent deception presents too many dangerous consequences that can negatively affect patients in a most devastating way.
People who may have a different or faulty gene may be penalised for this and their life insurance payments will be raised to accommodate this. However, the gene may have been interpreted wrongly and then extra money is being obtained for no reason. It is against people's human rights to be treated differently due to the map of their genes. Employers should only have access to the information if the employee gives permission. The information belongs to the person who the genes belong to.
One objection to genetic therapies is that removing disabilities and diseases might cause humans to lose sympathy towards others and their fragility (332). However, I do not believe this because there are many other events and conditions in society that spark human compassion and sympathy towards others. First, I must define what types of diseases and disabilities fall under the category of things I believe we should be able to treat with genetic therapies and why. As Goering states, “if a child needs surgery or a painful treatment to survive or to thrive, we allow ourselves room to do what is ‘best for the child’ even if that may involve unavoidable pain that the child is not able to consent to.” If we were to except this as true, then a logical conclusion would be to fix the problem through genetic therapy before a child has to go through any pain. We should save them from these gruesome experiences.
That defective gene could result in a lifelong disease or complication, such as sickle cell disease. If found early it could be prevented or treated, promising that infant a better quality of life. Genetic therapy would be unethical if conducted for any other reason than disease prevention. Scientists and researchers believes that gene therapy could be modified to augment and heighten precise characteristics, which without the technology are uncontrollable, such as an individual’s aptitude, strength, athleticism, eye color, hair color, skin color, height, or gender (Designer Babies, 2017). The ethical determinants considered in the implication of gene therapy has caused a worldwide discussion.