The Future of Genetic Engineering

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Any time in this modern era where one talks about the science of genetics, it is nearly impossible to think about the moral implications and ethical decisions that the future possesses. Currently, there aren’t many laws that govern this field of science, and one must wonder what will happen and how genetics will be governed. Two articles that I have recently read gave me a better insight on what to expect.

In one article, the author, Deborah Gridley, discusses the heated topic of genetic discrimination. Genetic discrimination is defined as “discrimination against an individual or against members of that individual’s family because of real or perceived differences from the ‘normal genome” (Gridley 973). The benefits of genetic advances are quite clear. “As the genetic causes of many diseases are found, effective treatments and cures may be developed” (Gridley). However, with genetic benefits come risks – many of which are evident in America’s history of genetic discrimination (Gridley 974). Exclusionary immigration laws, forced sterilizations, employment and insurance hardships, ...
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