Relatively similar to The Dalai Lama, In his essay, “Human Dignity” Francis Fukuyama examines what makes humans unique. He also believes we should approach genetic modifications with appropriate caution and prior research. The belief that there are possible benefits and negative consequences of developing a “super race” of people or nonhuman animals is a thought that many argue; regardless of what our society believes, long term effects of genetic mutation are unknown to us. The reason why genetic engineering is wrong is because it could lead to an irreversible alteration of the entire human species. Any technology that offers benefits will usually come with risks as well.
There are some negative long-term effects to human genetic engineering. Negative long term effects from human genetic engineering causes consequences that widen the socio-economic gap as well as limits genetic diversity. Advances in genetics and reproductive technology have opened the door to a new form of eugenics, termed “human genetic engineering,” that is focused on repairing faulty genes associated with disease or other health conditions. This is done through gene therapy, which is the alteration of a genome that could take place in the sperm and egg cells, alters the traits that a child is born with. Human genetic engineering is the science of manipulating an individual’s genetic makeup, with the intention of altering observable traits.
Through advancing our knowledge in cloning and genetic engineering, we can eliminate unwanted traits and genetic diseases. Wesley may then try to argue that these unwanted traits and diseases make us unique, but I doubt he will get much support, especially from somebody who suffers from some horrible genetic disease or deformity. Wesley then uses nature itself in his arguments by stating: “Eugenics, as awful as it is, is only the beginning of the threat posed to the natural order by human cloning”.
The eugenic decision-making that drives all aspects of life in Gattaca strays from the basic principles of determinism. While the advancement of genetic technology should allow for more power and freedoms to express an individuals own values and experiences like Kitcher and Stock imagine, in Gattaca social pressures drive eugenic decisions. The film illustrates actual possibilities of how human life and human societies may operate if responsible eugenics isn’t practiced. It is human nature to advance and adapt to our changing environments, improvements in technology are merely new means of doing so. But as humans we embody ethical values and morals that will always influence our decisions.
Genetic Modification of Human Beings: Is It Acceptable? Throughout modern day society, many people have thought about or have come in contact with the issue of genetically modified human engineering, and whether or not this topic is justifiable. There are many disadvantages to the practice of altering human genes. Genetically modifying human genes would invoke conditional love from the parents of the child and could potentially instill a mentality of unhealthy perfectionism, as well as consumerism. If the alteration of human genetic data was acceptable, then parents who would choose their children’s genes would set unrealistic expectations on their child’s performance.
People who wouldn’t have the technically possible perfection would be seen as "damaged goods," while the values for what is genetically attractive will be those of the society’s politically and economically leading groups. This would only increase injustice and inequity in a society where too these kinds of discriminations already exist. Someone may also obtain "fads" in embryo enhancement, preferring a certain height, eye or hair color in its children. Disability rights supporters are decisive of germline engineering, since they dread that a social idea of creating the "perfect" human being may diminish
Such primitive impulses can have devastating consequences on not only us, but others as well. This holds true when it comes to genetic engineering; the acquisition of such influence over nature can potentially devastate the human race. Eugenics, the theory of selective breeding applied to humans, is bound to grow in popularity as genetic engineering advances. This could be particularly debilitating to us, because it unifies the gene pool, which allows disease to quickly consume the population. These results are not set in stone and may thus be avoided if the proper boundaries are implemented.
Some people would argue that changing genes is changing who people are, which they view as ‘wrong’, but genes aren’t exactly the only things that make up a person anyway. The way that they grow up and their surroundings also make people... ... middle of paper ... ...abies is similar but not as directly hateful; choosing people who we believe to be ‘better’ and be ‘right’. If everyone is the same, biodiversity will suffer, with groups of people all over the world created to all be the same, but not different to other groups. Genetic engineering is an incredibly complex topic. If somebody makes a mistake, it could end up affecting the next few generations of humans.
Genetic engineering has also, opened the door way to biological solutions for world problems, as well as aid for body malfunctions. I think that scientists should indeed stop making genetic engineering for humans, because it will soon prove to be devastating to the human race. It would cause rivalries and tension among different kinds of genetically engineered humans for dominance and power. If a limit is not set between using genetic engineering for treatment and using genetic engineering for enhancement, then many parents could use it purely for eugenic purposes. This could cause ethical concerns but social concerns as well.
Designer babies refers to babies which have been genetically modified to possess the characteristics which are desired by the parents, this could include choosing the height, eye colour, and intelligence of the child before it is born. This could help improve the life of modified individuals and improve society as enhanced individuals are able to work on common problem is our current society. Designer babies pose as an important ethical dilemma for humans, however it is still something which modern science is unable to achieve. Genetic modification of humans has a significant number of potential applications, one of the most notable is the removal of genetic diseases is an application. There are a large number of genetic disorders which affect human populations, including: sickle cell anaemia, cystic fibrosis, haemophilia, and more.