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The Role of Genetics in Modern Society

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The Role of Genetics in Modern Society

Genes by definition are information we inherit from our parents, they

contain chromosomal information which codes for every physical and

mental attribute a human, animal or plant has. Modern society has come

to realise by finding the gene that causes the illness they can remove

it. They then can insert the correct gene to replace it. Genes are

arranged like beads on a piece of string, they occur in a fixed order.

Modern day society has also realised that by learning about genes and

increasing their understanding many useful tasks can be carried out.

For example, solving crimes; if a suspect has been identified, a

sample of that’s persons DNA can be checked against DNA (a long

thread- like molecule found in every living cell) which may have been

found at the crime scene. This process is done use of a genetic code.

Although every human may have the same basic components in a double

helix of DNA, base, sugar, and phosphate: The type of sugar may vary,

further more the order of complimentary base pairs may occur in a

different order. Thus, meaning an almost infinite number of

combinations. As our genes allow every person to have their own DNA

code, a definite match of DNA would mean that person could without

doubt be linked to the scene. All that is needed to extract DNA is one

cell - a speck of blood, a swab of saliva or a miniscule fragment of

skin that clings to a strand of hair!

Jack Straw is said to putting plans forward to enforce any criminal to

keep their genetic material on a national database with purpose of

cross matching with unsolved crimes.

As law stands at the moment writte...

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...God, yet he entrusted it to us. Meaning

God gives his permission for this to take place. Catholics may feel

that all life is sacred and thus should not be manipulated in any way.

The role of genetics within modern day society is huge, hitting the

media’s attention often several times a week. This could be due to its

complex desire to overcome barriers of human survival. The subject of

genetics plays an already great role in modern day society. With much

debate and research to continue, its future however is unpredictable.

References

1 Genes volume 7, Benjaman Lewis Oxford University Press, Page 71

01/01/2000

2 www.news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1126047.stm 01/12/04

3 www.bbc.co.uk/religion/ethics/issues/designer_babies/index.shtml

02/12/04

4 www.guardian.co.uk/gmdebate/Story/0,2763,1362276,00.html 02/12/04

In this essay, the author

  • Explains the role of genetics in modern society. genes contain chromosomal information that codes for every physical and mental attribute a human, animal or plant has.
  • Explains that modern day society has realised that by learning about genes and increasing their understanding many useful tasks can be carried out.
  • Explains that although every human may have the same basic components in a double helix of dna, base, sugar, and phosphate, the order of complimentary base pairs may occur in different order.
  • Explains that jack straw is putting forward plans to enforce any criminal to keep their genetic material on a national database with purpose of cross matching with unsolved crimes.
  • Explains that genetic engineering is top of the media list in the medical/biological field. it involves swapping old genes for new ones.
  • Explains the complications of diabetes type1 include cardiovascular disease, retinopathy, nerve damage, and kidney damage. current medical protocol means sufferers rely on insulin injections, as the langerhans cells in the pancreas no longer produce sufficient insulin.
  • Explains that culturing and inserting the correct gene is a realistic and possible cure. the hepatitis b vaccine was discovered from the field of genetics.
  • Explains that genetic engineering has caused controversy within religious communities.
  • Explains that mr and mrs whitakers baby jamie, was genetically selected while he was an embryo to be a near-perfect match for older sibling charlie.
  • Explains that cloning is done by asexual reproduction and produces individuals who are genetically identical to someone who already exists.
  • Opines that cell could be used. there are strong arguments for both sides against human cloning.
  • Explains that laboratories may also be destroyed should that happen. cloning allows gay couples to have children. the characteristics of all living things are based on dna.
  • Explains that dna acts as a template to make the proteins that control the thousands of functions in any organism. modern day research has allowed genes to be changed and inserted into the dna of individuals of the same or another species.
  • Argues that genetically modified food can be produced faster, at less cost, meaning poorer countries could have more food. the consequences of such food haven't been researched adequately according to some academics.
  • Explains that the compilers' own admission that their test's "severely reduced" sensitivity meant that some differences between gm and non-gm trails may have been missed, according to friends of the earth.
  • Explains that protesters have taken to destroying crop fields and religious communities have suffered heavily due to false genetic arguments.
  • Explains that some feel creation belongs to god, yet he entrusted it to us. catholics may feel that all life is sacred and should not be manipulated in any way. genetics is huge in modern society.
  • Opines that genetics plays an already great role in modern day society, but its future is unpredictable.
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