The problems with genetic engineering are going too far and causing an ever present worry in a world where genetic engineering is still progressing. Altering the genes of organisms has raised a few eyebrows, it may work wonder but is playing with nature “really safe”? There are lots of reasons why we should be using genetic engineering but is it become over used? Make yourself aware of the aspects of genetic engineering can help you understand and form your own opinion. What’s your opinion?
What is Genetics/Bioengineering? Intro As the years pass, we have been developing and improving upon products to make our life much easier and safer. However, over the passing decades, scientists have ventured deep into a dangerous area of research -the study of modifying genomes of living organisms- called genetic engineering. This area of interest may allow us to live longer and fight disease better but it is a potent threat to the boundary between science and nature. The detrimental damage that we could cause if we step over this line by meddling with the laws and principles of nature that has governed this world for hundreds and billions of years can be unpredictable and severe.
The key is to produce GMO’s which stands for genetically modified organisms. The world needs to overcome its fear of genetically modified food, as it will be hugely significant in the future. Genetically modified foods are often mistaken as fake food that is grown in test tubes or injected with chemicals. Instead of seeing the negatives of genetically modified foods, people must begin to see the positives because of the purpose they will serve in the upcoming years. Problems with the world’s food are caused because of, global warming, growth in population and problematic weather conditions, but can be solved using GMO’s.
For example Homo sapiens come to be through neural complexity. Human arose from thousands of events happening in time that altered our past in a dramatic way. In order to understand the drastic changes we have to understand not just the principals of evolution but to understand the theory and life styles of fossils found. Complex creatures don’t mean that it has a better chance of survival and evolving into something better. Yet the simplest form of creation like bacteria still rule all with the enormous amount occupying the earth.
While others exploit various types of animals for things such as fur coats, steak dinners, and entertainment purposes. This may be how many humans justify their needs and blindly satisfy their morals. Two arguments are being made one for the welfare of animals and the other advocating their use for man kinds advantage, let's look at both. Millions of animals die each year in the United States due to animal experimentation and cruelty. Animals are constantly being abused in laboratories every day to test chemicals in products humans cant live without.
Scientists are now trying to get approval to clone humans or at least parts of them (Eccleston, CNN). All of these clonings have led to much criticism and controversy, but the latest attempt at cloning is that of endangered and possibly already extinct species in hopes of preserving them. This short paper will give a brief description of cloning and the pros and cons of preserving endangered and extinct species via means of cloning. Introduction There are different types of cloning. One type led by researchers at the Human Genome Project entails the copying of genes and parts of chromosomes in order to get enough identical genetic material to do further research, which they believe could help prevent human diseases in the future (Cloning fact sheet).
New inventions have granted humans the power to manipulate this DNA, allowing us to change the traits of the organism (Genetic). Unfortunately, this process has not been completely perfected. Many critics of genetic engineering advocate that we adopt a “precautionary principle” mindset, in which society as a whole rejects gene manipulation in practice until we have completely perfected the process, so as to avoid any drastic mistakes that could permanently affect an innocent being (White). In theory, genetic engi... ... middle of paper ... ...igner Babies: The Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering." MIT Undergraduate Journal 12 (2009).
Scientists should be putting their times and their energy into figuring out the reasons for the endangered animals population instead of trying to make more the non natural way. Alought it may be more accepted than the cloning of humans it is still a subject people do not mind avoiding. Works Cited Genetic Science Learning Center. "What are the Risks of Cloning?." Learn.Genetics 27 March 2014 "Will Cloning Ever Save Endangered Animals?."
- Ann E. Weiss Rapid advances in medical science have fuelled the question of bioethics. However, as science takes leaps and bounds towards its goals, ethics are often just learning how to crawl. In fact, it has even suffered major backslides in some cases. Genetic engineering "raises serious ethical questions about the right of human beings to alter life on the planet". Changing the basic physical traits of an organism can lead to an unprecedented threat to life on the planet".
We saw Victor Frankenstein¹s failures, we saw other accounts of failures. Maybe we should learn from the various examples, that human life is extremely fragile and to distort it could change the human race forever. Works Cited Bishop, J. Michael. ³Enemies of Promise.² 237-242 Farnsworth, Joseph (2000, April) To Clone or not to Clone. http://farnsworth.tripod.com/Humancloning/cloning_m.htm Marty, Martin (1997, May) A Wolf in Sheep¹s Cloning.