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Gattaca, A Film by Andrew Niccol

- Gattaca, A Film by Andrew Niccol      Exactly five seconds after he came into the world, Vincent Freeman was already considered to be a loser. His first genetic test revealed high probabilities of hyperactivity, sight troubles and serious heart diseases, a life expectancy of 30 years and 2 months and quite low intellectual faculties. At that time, the artificial insemination of test tube babies selected according to their genetic potential had become for many people “the natural way of making children”....   [tags: Movie Films Gattaca Niccol Essays]

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A Brave New World and Gattaca

- Anti-humanity; people aren’t even people. Could you possibly visualize that type of world. A world where people are invented and controlled. That type of world is inhuman, and inhumanity is an interesting concept pointed out in the perfect/not so perfect world that Aldous Huxley describes in his classic novel, Brave New World, and what Andrew Niccol describes in his famous film Gattaca. In the stories presented by both of these writers, viewers and readers witness a dystopian world where the government controls the people, and people are conditioned to like the social class set for them, whether it be lower, middle, or upper class....   [tags: science fiction film vs utopian-dystopian fiction]

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General Science and GATTACA

- General Science is a study involving biology, chemistry, physics and environmental sciences. Students from Year 7 to Year 10 are introduced to these various disciplines to gain general knowledge about science and can later be develop into deeper concepts. Science is not just fat laboratory coats, Einstein’s equations, mixing chemicals, massive space shuttles, or peeking through microscopes but involves critical thinking, analysing data and apply understandings in the natural world to solve real problems....   [tags: vincent freeman, movie analysis]

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Gattaca: A Philosophical Analysis

- Brimming with ultramodern scenery and metaphysical speculation, Gattaca is a profound glimpse into the not-so-distant future of humanity. Vincent, the main character, is a frustrated ‘faith birth’ living in a world in which his genetically manipulated peers have succeeded him in every competition. Motivated by an unquenchable fascination with space, Vincent recruits the chronically petulant but genetically flawless Jerome Morrow, who allows Vincent to assume his genetic identity in exchange for companionship and free alcohol....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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Gattaca And Pleasantville Vs. Pleasantville

- Imagine starting your day and not having a clue of what to do, but you begin to list the different options and routes you can take to eventually get from point A to point B. In choosing from that list, there coins the term “free will”. Free will is our ability to make decisions not caused by external factors or any other impediments that can stop us to do so. Being part of the human species, we would like to believe that we have “freedom from causation” because it is part of our human nature to believe that we are independent entities and our thoughts are produced from inside of us, on our own....   [tags: Free will, Causality, English-language films]

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Gattaca: A Dystopian Society

- 1. Gattaca is a world where only people with perfect genetics are “valid”. A natural born, Vincent, forges an identity to follow his dream of becoming a space traveler. Gattaca is an imaginary place where perfect society is created by cloning. The subject of human cloning that does not currently exist which makes this movie science fiction. They have unreal technology like, the machines that determines health issues and life expectancy right at birth. The advancement in technology and new scientific research has made cloning possible....   [tags: film/story analysis]

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Gattaca, And Wall E

- We will be looking into the films, Gattaca, and Wall-e. With these two films we will discuss Technology and ethics. To discuss ethics, we must first define ethics, ethics is considered to be the guidelines in which people decide what is “right” and “wrong”. Which can be considered relative as they may depend on the situation and the priorities of the individual. We will be applying ethical dilemmas based on available hypothetical technology displayed in the films. When does technology overreach into the unethical realm, and also whether or not there should be just one person to be able to make decisions for everyone....   [tags: Ethics, Decision making, Philosophy, Morality]

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Gattaca and Jurassic Park

- The films Gattaca, directed by Andrew Niccol in 1997, and Jurassic Park, directed by Stephen Spielberg in 1993 seem like two films that have no connection. Gattaca is a film about a man, Vincent Freeman, overcoming his genetic disadvantage to become an astronaut. Jurassic Park on the other hand is a film about bringing dinosaurs back to life, while also causing massive chaos. However, despite these major differences in plot, both films are based on a similar idea, genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is defined as the process of directly affecting the genetic makeup of an individual using biotechnology....   [tags: film, andrew niccol, stephen spielberg]

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The Debate for Genetic Engineering Exposed in Gattaca

- ... The child will get fed up and decide to leave. I believe that children should be left to chance or be genetically modified. There can be no in between; it puts too much pressure on society and on individual parents and kids. While the movie states that there are laws against “genetic discrimination,” it still does not protect those who were brought into this world by chance, because of illegal urine or blood tests. While greed and competition is evident in our society, this genetically perfect world would create a whole new battle field....   [tags: imperfect, fear, society]

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Movie Review: Gattaca

- Vincent Freeman was born into a futuristic society dominated by biological technology. In this society, genetic technology has become so advanced, a drop of blood at the time of your birth can tell you any diseases you might develop the day you will die. More importantly, wealthy parents can choose to have their unborn children engineered to be as perfect as their potential would allow. This type of technology created a prejudice society of the genetically altered against “natural-borns.” Vincent’s parents did not have the foresight to know that the future of a natural-born would be laden with prejudice and discrimination, and they conceived him through the power of love, rather than techn...   [tags: sicence fiction films]

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Analysis of the Bioethical Issues in Gattaca

- Analysis of the Bioethical Issues in Gattaca Biology is the science of life. Technology uses science to solve problems. Our society has progressed in its understanding of life to the point that we are able to manipulate it on a fundamental level through technology. This has led to profound ethical dilemmas. The movie Gattaca explores some important bioethical issues that are currently the focus of much dispute. The underlying thematic issue presented is the question of the extent to which biologically inherent human potential determines the true potential of a person....   [tags: Papers]

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Brave New World and Gattaca

- Brave New World and Gattaca Huxley  Living in a genetically perfect world is not necessarily a great achievement to mankind.  It makes one think, "where do you draw the line in the advancement of eugenics?"  Both worlds, the Brave New one and Gattaca, are alternative futures (clearly dystopic), written and shown in a believable way (not as much in BNW, though) through the use of satire.  Also, for GATTACA, the director incorporates the traditional elements of movie - a murder-mystery tied in with a love story PLUS a science fiction touch - very effectively.  Satire in Huxley's novel is glaringly obvious (mockery of the education system and the morals of today along wi...   [tags: Brave New World]

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Gattaca The Movie And Discrimination

- In the movie Gattaca the main character Anton was discriminated against because of his gene makeup. Anton never even had a chance in the society in Gattaca because the potential employees of companies were not tested on their skills or knowledge but on their physical and mental possibilities. The same society also used derogatory terms for people like Anton. Just because his parents decided that he would come into the world naturally instead of through gene therapy or alteration. Terms like “faith birth'; and “invalid'; were used against Anton....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Dehumanization in Never Let Me Go vs. Gattaca

- The movie Gattaca and the novel Never Let Me Go, both display a form of dehumanization and the relationship between those who have been dehumanized and those who are brought up in a more ‘ideal’ way. Gattaca and Never Let Me Go, try and show an alternative future based on the advancement of genetics and how they affect our world in a possible future. They do this by genetically cloning individuals for organ harvesting and attempting to create a perfect world by creating “perfect” humans. Living in a world where they have successfully created human clones for organ donations, is not a great achievement to mankind in any way, shape, or form.  It makes you wonder, where exactly do you draw the...   [tags: genetics, cloning, humans, perfect]

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- Gattaca is a movie directed by Andrew Niccol and the film is set in the "not too distant future." Andrew Niccol's perception of the future isn't what most people expect, but once thought about carefully it seems quite believable. This movie presents us with a new method in which society strives for perfection and it also makes us wonder if genetic engineering is morally correct. Your place in society in Gattaca is based on your genetic makeup and the way you were born. People born the way we know as natural are "in-valids"....   [tags: Movies Film]

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How Genetic Engineering will Affect the Human Race in Gattaca

- If you could change things about yourself whether physical or mental, what would you change, and why. In the movie Gattaca, a science fiction film directed by Andrew Niccol, characters are genetically modified before birth to avoid all and any imperfections that could occur in their lifetime. This movie stars Ethan Hawke and Jude Law as the main characters Vincent Freeman and Eugene Morrow. Supporting roles are played by Uma Thurman and Loren Dean as Irene Cassini and Anton Freeman. Gattaca gives us a futuristic idea of how genetic engineering will affect the human race and discriminate those of less genetic superiority....   [tags: dna, traits, superiority]

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Comparison of Scales of Justice and Gattaca

- Comparison of Scales of Justice and Gattaca The texts “Scales Of Justice” and “Gattaca” are two texts which allow the reader to witness a variety of interpretations and explore the relevant issues that are visible within contemporary society. Such issues as corruption within the police force, racism, sexual harassment, discrimination and manipulation of power are shown to give different interpretations of issues which plague today’s society and potentially our future. “Scales Of Justice” shows the corruption in the police force....   [tags: Contemporary Society Literature Essays]

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- The story of Vincent shows in Gattaca that there is possibility of beating the genetic engineering system. Vincent is one of the last naturally born babies born into a sterile, genetically enhanced world, where life expectancy and disease likelihood are ascertained at birth. Myopic and due to die at 30, he has no chance of a career in a society that now discriminates against your genes, instead of your gender, race or religion. Vincent an invalid, dreams of working within Gattaca and making it into space....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- Film Name: GATTACA Director / Writer: Andrew Niccol Producers: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, and Stacey Sher Co-Producer: Gail Lyon Main Characters: Ethan Hawk as Jerome Morrow / Vincent Uma Thurman as Irein Jude Law as Eugene / Jerome Morrow Summary of Film: The film starts out in the “not-too-distant future”. The setting is a dark almost surreal view of Nineteen-Fifty Retro. In fact, every object in the film has a Fifties look to it, yet every thing was operated with future technology....   [tags: essays research papers]

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1984, by George Orwell and Gattaca, by Andrew Niccol

- Nineteen Eighty-Four written by George Orwell and Gattaca directed by Andrew Niccol are prophetic social commentaries which explore the broad social wrong of a totalitarian government. Both texts depict a futuristic, dystopian society in which individuality is destroyed in favour of faceless conformity. Niccol and Orwell through the experiences of their protagonists reflect the impact isolation from society has on individuals. The authors of both texts also use their protagonists Winston, who cannot understand the rhetoric of the government party and Vincent, who is trapped, unable to achieve his dreams because of his imperfect genome, to demonstrate individual rebellion against society and...   [tags: Prophetic Social Commentaries]

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Analysis Of Andrew Niccol 's ' The Movie ' Gattaca '

- In 1997, Andrew Niccol produced the movie GATTACA. The movie described a world with genetically modified humans, modified at birth to be the perfect child their parents always wanted. In the 1990s, the movie seemed like a science fiction fantasy, but recent advances in biomedical procedure have started to make it a reality. While a future full of genetic engineering may be an intriguing notion, the human genome should be left alone. Humans should not be tampered with. On January 31, 1865, The United States Congress passed the 13th amendment, outlawing slavery....   [tags: Genetics, DNA, Human genome, Gene]

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Genetic Perfection in Gattaca

- Genetic Perfection in Gattaca Topic: "The world of Gattaca is focused on genetic perfection, yet it is the imperfect Vincent that achieves the most" Discuss. Set within a world governed by genetic engineering, Andrew Niccol's film, Gattaca, portrays the dire consequences of such a society in "the not too distant future". Given a pre-determined life as a "god child" due of his parent's adherence to religious beliefs, Vincent Freeman is an individual who "refuses to play the hand he was dealt". Vincent although seemingly cursed with an imperfect genetic composition manages to overcome considerable odds in order to achieve his dream of space travel....   [tags: Movie Film Review]

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Cross-Cultural Film Analysis - Gattaca

- Cross Cultural Film Analysis - Gattaca Film Summary Vincent is destined to be a second class citizen, conceived naturally, rather than in a laboratory. He is born into a world which discriminates against genetics, rather than religion, race or gender. In order to gain access into the Gattaca Corporation and reach his dream of going to Titan he takes on the identity of Jerome Morrow, a person with ideal genes but crippled from an accident. He uses Jerome’s hair, blood, urine and skin to pass all tests and is set to reach his lifelong desire when the mission director is murdered....   [tags: Film Movie Analysis]

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Human Genetic Screening and Discrimination in Gattaca

- Human Genetic Screening and Discrimination in Gattaca Works Cited Missing A few months ago I watched a movie called Gattaca, which dealt with the issue of genetic discrimination in the near future. In the movie, people were separated into two classes, those that were genetically screened and positively altered before birth and the class that was unaltered. The separate classes had stark divisions, from what jobs that you were able to apply for to where you could eat. Security was aimed at keeping unaltered people away from the enhanced people....   [tags: Movie Film Biology Biological Papers]

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Andrew Niccol’s Film, Gattaca

- Andrew Niccol’s 1997 film Gattaca supports the belief that nature, despite its defects, is preferable to a flawless genetically engineered existence. This idea is explored through the character of Vincent who exhibits desire, resilience and determination, natural ‘human’ elements that cannot be manufactured and are seemingly not present in the ‘faultless’ future that is presented in Gattaca. These characteristics appear to be contrasted by the other characters in the film, such as Anton and the conforming Irene, who are perceived to be ‘flawless’ in the context of their surroundings but are quite mechanical and emotionless....   [tags: Movies, Films]

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Exploring the Future

- Science Fiction often opens the eyes of humanity so we can try to imagine what the future will hold. More specifically, Science Fiction movies allow us to explore examples of utopian or dystopian societies. They allow us to explore different planets in outer space. Due to all of the creative components found in the set designs of several science fiction movies, a viewer can watch the movie and escape reality. The interesting innovations seen in the set designs look very futuristic so the viewer’s imagination is inspired and lets you indulge in the film....   [tags: Science Fiction, Gattaca]

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The Idea of Discrimination Based on Genetic

- The film Gattaca was released in 1997, just six years prior to the completion of the Human Genome Project (completed in April 2003), with a working draft completed in June 2000. The name of the film refers to an Aerospace corporation featured in the movie; however, its letters correspond to the 4 nucleotide bases that make up the integrity of the human genome. The sequencing of the human genome poses tremendous benefits not only in the future, but in the present. From identifying pharmaceutical targets in the body, screening for diseased genes, or determine if individuals are predisposed for certain hereditary or nonhereditary illness’....   [tags: human genome, gattaca, genetic discrimination]

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Cracking Your Genetic Code: A Review of Genetic Testing

- Cracking Your Genetic Code: A Review of Genetic Testing In Gattaca, the plot focuses on the ethics, the risks, and the emotional impact of genetic testing in the nearby future. The film was released in the 90s; yet in the present, the film does not give the impression of science fiction. Today, genetic testing is prevalent in many aspects of the scientific community. This paper will describe genetic testing, its purpose, diagnostic techniques that use genetic testing, relating Huntington’s disease to genetic testing, and the pros and cons of genetic testing....   [tags: film analysis, gattaca, ethics, risks]

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Comparing Dystopian Dream of Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale and GATTACA

- The Dystopian Dream of Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale and GATTACA   In Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill writes that “it is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied.” By this he meant there are qualitative degrees of satisfaction and if to be satisfied we’re lowered in status to that of a pig, it’s better for us to be dissatisfied humans. The film GATTACA and the books Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale create fictional places where the needs and desires of humans are met, but not as well as they should be and not without a price....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Discussion of Whether Gattaca Portrays A Realistic View Of The Future And Gene Manipulation

- Discussion of Whether Gattaca Portrays A Realistic View Of The Future And Gene Manipulation Media. It controls a lot of what we think, what we believe and so changes our attitude and behaviour towards certain things. It has changed our thinking so much so that we believe almost anything and everything the media say and do. Without the media, life would not be as it is. Newspapers, magazines, television, internet, radio, the lot have very much altered our thinking. Lately, there have been many talks on the issues regarding genetic manipulation and human cloning....   [tags: Papers]

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Eugenic Decision-Making

- Eugenics is defined, in some way or the other, as the process of reshaping the human race by determining the kinds of people who will be born. As such, there is much debate in the field of eugenics, with authors, like Philip Kitcher, who support laissez-faire or a minimalist approach of eugenics in which eugenic decision-making should be limited only to avoid neurological illnesses and in which parental free choice is valued. Gregory Stock’s essay, The Enhanced and Un-Enhanced, presents otherwise by supporting the position of maximalist eugenics, allowing individuals the full extent in the selection of genes....   [tags: Gattaca, Laissez-Faire, Maximalist Eugenics]

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Gattac A Beautiful Job Of Painting

- Gattaca Imagine that we live in a society where you can have a genetically perfect child merely by telling your local geneticist what you want the child to look like, how tall they will be, how smart, how strong, or even how “endowed” they will be. Kind of like ordering the biggest and best burrito you could make from Chipotle. Oh, not to mention that you could make them devoid of genetic diseases or even genetic predispositions such as, cancer, heart disease, mental illness, etc. Now that you are thinking about how great that is, throw this into the mix....   [tags: DNA, Genetics, Genetically modified organism]

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Gattac Should Not Be Freely Available?

- In the 21st century, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (a screening test used to determine if genetic or chromosomal disorders are present in embryos) can easily be achieve at a high price. This had help doctors predicted and prevented many babies with special features. As a kid, we learned in school that our genes define who we are as a person and without them, we all would look very alike and would act in the very same way. However, does our genetic served more than defining our personalities, likes, or dislikes....   [tags: Life, Human, DNA, Cell]

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Gattac What Is The Social Construct Reality?

- Movie Assignment: Gattaca 1) What is the social construct reality. The Thomas Theorem. (chapter 4) How might it be illustrated in the film. Provide specific examples. As the textbook says, the social construct reality is the process by which people creativity shaped reality through social interaction. Social interaction has a lot to do with social construct reality. Social interaction is the process by which people act and react in relation to others. The Thomas Theorem is situations that are defined as real are real in their consequences, which is named after W.I....   [tags: Sociology, Social class, Social stratification]

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Gattac A World Destroyed By The Pursuit Of Perfection

- Gattaca presents a world destroyed by the pursuit of perfection. Do you agree. “The word perfection cannot be defined into one person or one thing. Perfection can only be told or seen in a first person view. No one will genuinely think something or someone is as perfect as another person, it’s impossible to see eye to eye with something that is as powerful and subjective as perfection.” - Jordan van der neut, 2014 Gattaca, a film set in the ‘not too distant future’ presents a world destroyed by the pursuit of perfection....   [tags: Morality, Human, Thought, DNA]

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An Imperfect World

- Perfection of an Imperfect World Utilitarianism tells us society should be ran on impartiality. Also, that in society justice cannot foreclose the sacrificing the innocent for the good of humanity. I believe in the film Gattaca the happiness or in other the words utility of utilitarianism, of the lives of those deemed invalid was sacrificed. Utilitarianism is also the basic idea that one person’s consciousness is as worthy of consideration as any others. The film Gattaca is about a world where your life is pre-determined by your D.N.A....   [tags: Utilitarianism, Hedonism, DNA, World]

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Summary Of ' One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest '

- Good evening and welcome to tonight’s episode of Learning Literature. Tonight we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Gattaca by analysing the techniques text producers employ to construct representations of social issues relating to marginalised groups. We will focus on two classic pieces of literature, Ken Kessey’s, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as well as Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca. Through a range of techniques, the text producers have included representations of freedom and independence, power, as well as discrimination in each of their respective texts....   [tags: Discrimination, Sociology, Andrew Niccol]

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The Social Construction Of Reality

- Gattaca Movie Assignment 1) What is the social construction of reality. How might it be illustrated in the film. Provide specific examples. Social construction of reality is the act of a person shapes his reality following the ideas of a group or culture. In social construction of reality, we shape our beliefs and ideas because our social group beliefs on those ideas. The society creates its own definition of reality, and imposes rules for all individuals of the group. Communication is the essential tools for maintenance of the social structure....   [tags: Sociology, Social class, Working class]

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The Crucible By Andrew Niccol

- The Crucible, by Arthur Miller as well as Gattaca by Andrew Niccol use the protagonist of their texts to show disapproval of the societies that they have created. While both authors vary the presentation of their societies, they both explore the damaging qualities of the societies through their central protagonist. Gattaca, set in the not too distant future explores the effects of compulsory genetic modification on society while, contrastingly, conformity and the rules of the church are explored throughout The Crucible....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Eugenics, A Brave New World, And The Blade Runner

- Eugenics has been an increasingly popular concept in recent films and texts. The presence of eugenics in these films and texts has caused people to believe that eugenics could be helpful in society. The idea that the perfect person can be created or modified is simply irrational. Each individual person’s qualities are created by their surroundings as they grow up. In Always With Us, Howard Horwitz wishes that the eugenics movement in the United States never had gathered steam. The negative aspects of eugenics that Horowitz discusses are noticeable in works such as Gattaca, A Brave New World, and The Blade Runner....   [tags: Brave New World, The World State]

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A Society Created By Genetic Engineering

- A Socialistic Society Created By Genetic Engineering: A Loss of Liberty. Ronald Dean Science Fiction Professor Laird DeVry University October 21, 2014 Introduction to a Not so Distant Genetically Controlled Society Imagine a nearly perfect world low crime, low pollution, little or no diseases and a balanced economy between the rich and poor. Genetic engineering as demonstrated in the film Gattaca shows us a socialistic society. Which is similar to what Socialism was as defined by Karl Marx’s socialist slogan “from each according to his labor, to each according to his needs” (Pevzner, I....   [tags: DNA, Police, Gene, Karl Marx]

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Evolution of Human Characteristics

- Human characteristics have evolved all throughout history and have been manipulated on a global scale through the use of science and technology. Genetic modification is one such process in which contemporary biotechnology techniques are employed to develop specific human characteristics. Despite this, there are a countless number of negative issues related with genetic modification including discrimination, ethical issues and corruption. Hence, genetic modification should not be used to enhance human characteristics....   [tags: genetic modification, ethics, discrimination]

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Creating the Perfect Child

- Everyone wishes for their child to be perfect, and new measures are being taken to ensure their child is everything and more. To make sure a child has all the desired traits necessary, humans genetically modify them. In doing so, changes are being made to the DNA code of the child to take the best characteristics of the parents and pass it down to the child. The ideal traits, such as being athletic, tall, and smart are given to the child and undesirable traits, such as being colorblind and having other genetic mutations, are prevented....   [tags: genetics, moral, design]

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Analysis Of The Article ' First Baby Born From Ivf '

- Bioengineering: Many parents want a child that will achieve a lot and leave a mark on this earth, leave a legacy behind. Egg donation, karyomapping and IVF allow for parents to create this child they want. But can “playing god” and creating a child through these options cause more health, social, and ethical problems down the road. Bioengineering through egg donation, IVF, karyomapping, and other techniques should be totally illegal in the United States because of expectations parents will have for children, leftover embryos, medical risk, and custody problems....   [tags: Pregnancy, Surrogacy, Donation, Egg donation]

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A Critique on the Transhumanism Movement

- When did being human become not good enough. Transhumanism theories strive toward the perfect human, a posthuman, which can be achieved through modern technology. In the opinion of transhumanists, humans are constantly subject to change and their calling is to transcend their body and brain in order to reach their full potential. While this may have positive effects for the people involved, such as immunity toward hereditary diseases, Down syndrome for example, the question arises what is considered ethical in these practices....   [tags: Genetic Manipulation, Nanotechnology]

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Fishing in the Gene Pool

- “I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of your skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science.”-Vincent. The previous statement was said by the main character Vincent in the futuristic movie known as Gattaca. In the movie Gattaca, parents who wish to have a child are recommended to go to a geneticist in order to help pre select their future child. The reason for this is to help avoid the chances of the child inheriting genetic diseases such as heart disease, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, etc....   [tags: heart disease, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia]

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The Director Cites The Bible Passage Into, And The Words

- Beginning of the film, the director cites the Bible passage into, and the words are indeed spiritual in some way throughout the whole movie. Vinson was born in an era of gene Viva, during years in that wonderful (?), Each individual before birth, can be checked through sophisticated, will identify all gene defects, genetic everyone will In this close inspection database is put into being, but also because of your genes is excellent, to determine your social status. In this world, the gene is your resume, all companies admitted to the line number of people to see not ability, but whether the gene is excellent....   [tags: Genetics, Genetic disorder, DNA, Gene]

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The Dangers of Genetic Engineering

- The Dangers of Genetic Engineering Science is defined as knowledge based on observed facts and tested truths arranged in an orderly system. It has had an extreme effect on technology, which covers production, transportation, and even entertainment. In the past, though, science has always remained distant. However, with the birth of genetic engineering, science has become something that will deeply affect lives. Advancements are being made daily with genetic engineering: the Human Genome Project is nearly done, gene replacement therapy lies within reach, and cloning is on the horizon....   [tags: Papers]

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The Battle Between Science and Religion: The God of the Gaps Theory by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

- Imagine a world where many people are not born the way they are just by chance, but by design. Not a design by a god but by men. What is one of the most common science fiction topics. Well thanks to scientific advancement people can start moving cloning more into science and less into fiction. Thanks to the impeccable work of many scientists across the world the world is moving forward in many ways. But it begs the question, what limits do politicians have to place on science. Is best to let them have free reign over their domain, as politicians have on their own, or do they need to be tethered....   [tags: god, scientific ignorance, bias, media]

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A Report On The Courtroom System ( Cas ) And Crispr Associated System

- Description: The Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR Associated System (CAS) is an advancement in technology that transformed a previous protein-based targeting (TALEN and Zinc Finger) process used to target and splice genes or DNA sequences. CRISPR-Cas9 was discovered in 2013 by Feng Zhang from the Broad Institute and MIT. CRISPR-Cas9 targets specific base pairs using small RNA that can be easily swapped for many different RNA targeting sites. This allowed CRISPR-Cas9 to surpass the previously used splicing methods such as, Transcription Activator-Like Effector (TALE) and zinc fingers....   [tags: DNA, Gene, Genetically modified food]

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Rationality, By Weber 's Theory Of Capitalism, And Rational Capitalism

- Rationality is this idea by Weber that it is potentially what created capitalism. Formal rationality is the set of pre-determined criteria that we use to make decisions and conduct activities. He basically says that as humans, we set goals for ourselves and we take whatever steps necessary to reach those goals. These steps though, have to be rational i.e. they are based off of our past experiences, logic or even science. Weber best describes this through the Protestant Ethic, in which he speaks of traditional capitalism, and rational capitalism....   [tags: Sociology, Marxism, Max Weber, Capitalism]

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Programmed To Be Free: Exploring Andrew Niccol's Gatacca

- Programmed To Be Free Gatacca by Andrew Niccol tells the story of Vincent, a young man naturally and traditionally engendered in a world where genetic engineering is the followed pattern to have a child. Few minutes after his birth, Vincent’s fate is revealed through a DNA analysis. Two important facts in the analysis will mark Vincent’s life, a fail in his cardio system and his life expectancy, only thirty years. The film shows a world where life is highly determined by genetics, and happiness is mostly based on the quality of the genetic profile, a kind of identity card for people....   [tags: Film Analysis, Movies, Films]

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The Case Against Perfection by Michael Sandel

- Michael Sandel is a distinguished political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. Sandel is best known for his best known for his critique of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice. While he is an acclaimed professor if government, he has also delved deeply into the ethics of biotechnology. At Harvard, Sandel has taught a course called "Ethics, Biotechnology, and the Future of Human Nature" and from 2002 to 2005 he served on the President’s Council on Bioethics (Harvard University Department of Government, 2013)....   [tags: ethics, biotechnology, genetic engineering]

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Genetic Testing : A Field Of Study

- Genetic testing is a developing field of study. It allows for doctors to read the human genome and see different traits about a person or zygote. “The genome is an organism’s complete set of genetic instructions”(What is a genome). Genetic testing lets the doctor see if their patient is likely to have a genetic disease and makes choosing a medicine that will help treat it much easier. The knowledge of this will help doctors and the patient be better prepared for possible illnesses but has some negative effects....   [tags: Genetics, DNA, Human, Cancer]

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Testing an Author’s Vision Organization Guide

- Testing an Author’s Vision Organization Guide Introduction You will need to transition us, the readers, from our world into your paper. Make sure you give us a sense of context (what gave rise to your paper?), conflict (give us a sense of They Say/I Say), and focus (give us a question that focuses your paper or give us your thesis statement). So, for the focus you might have: ---Is this vision of genetic manipulation in literature possible, and if so, should we be afraid. ---OR….This vision of genetic manipulation is occurring in small amounts today and could blossom into a world in which individuals fear imperfection and groups of perfect people wield power over those less than the visio...   [tags: Assignment]

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Evolution Of Jerome By Jerome. Jerome

- Evolution of Jerome Jerome was a very admirable character in both the film and screenplay “Gattaca”; there were times that he was the worst character and times he was the best. In this futuristic, dystopian society it is possible for someone to give his DNA for use by another person and in that way Jerome gives his DNA to Vincent, a person without perfect DNA like Jerome, and surrenders his former identify to become known as Eugene. Initially, with the complexities of the story focused on Vincent it is hard to really get connected to Jerome....   [tags: Protagonist, Character, The Sopranos, Suicide]

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?Vincent is not a hero? Discuss

- “Vincent is not a hero” Discuss Andrew Niccol has created a character that is portrayed as being a struggler from the moment he was born, he was destined to play this role as soon as he was conceived naturally as he was to wear the label of “God child” for the rest of his life , this label determines they life style and quality of life he will lead and the prospects are not good -“They used to say that a child conceived in love has a greater chance of happiness. They don't say that anymore”. Niccol leads us to believe that Vincent is a man who has overcome the odds in order to achieve his dream in a society where individuality is an unrequited trait and the ability to conform plus right DN...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Genetic Engineering is Immoral

- Genetic engineering gives the power to change many aspects of nature and could result in a lot of life-saving and preventative treatments. Today, scientists have a greater understanding of genetics and its role in living organisms. However, if this power is misused, the damage could be very great. Therefore, although genetic engineering is a field that should be explored, it needs to be strictly regulated and tested before being put into widespread use. Genetic engineering has also, opened the door way to biological solutions for world problems, as well as aid for body malfunctions....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]

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What is a Designer Baby and How are They Made?

- DESIGNER BABIES There have been many social views on the topic of designer babies, which include a scientist point-of-view. Designer babies are those of which parents can make the rash decision to genetically alter their child so that they do not develop the genetic disorders that many of us have today. By using IVF or InVitro Fertilization as the method of altering the genes, doctors have been able to “custom make” unborn babies to portray or eliminate certain characteristics. What is a Designer Baby and How Are They Made....   [tags: Genetically Modified, Genes, Alterations]

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Neo-Eugenics The Social and Biological Ethics of Designer Babies

- Neoeugenics is the idea of new, “neo”, eugenics or a new way of creating a healthier race. Eugenics was first defined in the late 1800s by a man named Sir Francis Galton who said that it was basically the study of traits that will cause an advantage or disadvantage in the traits of future generations. Eugenics soon turned from being about the use of artificial selection of breeding to create a stronger species, to being about the advancement of certain races over others. When talking about neo eugenics, it is believed that it may turn into something similar to that of eugenics in that the use of artificial selection would now be used to bring the upper class higher in standards of health and...   [tags: Healthier Reace, Future Generations]

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The Use Of Banning A Technology On Society

- Humans have eluded extinction for millennia with the help of medicine. Medicine today helps us restore our health to “normal” state. Normal of today is different from normal in the past and being normal means being average. Many use medicine to get back to normal and some use it for enhancing themselves. One medicine that stands out is steroids. Steroids help your body recover faster from injuries and are supposed to be therapeutic. However, many use steroids to enhance people’s performances in sports and create new heights....   [tags: Human, Race, United States, Race]

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Hollywood: Promoting Stereotypes to Make Easy Money

- Every week numerous Hollywood movies and rereleases open in theaters, video stores, and online movie distributors nationwide: heartwarming films such as The Blind Side; laughter inducing and children captivating classics like Aladdin; movies about overcoming struggles such as, Gattaca. All these new movies and classics alike hold a particular place in our hearts and in our lives. Maybe because of a similarity to our own lives or the main character embraces characteristics we hold dear. Whatever the reason, a contributing factor to the variety of movie produced in Hollywood can trace itself to liberal and socially progressive movie making....   [tags: Hollywood vs Minorities]

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The Ethics of Genetically Enhancing Children

- The term designer children is unnerving at first to many. The idea of parents designing the genetic makeup of their offspring makes children seem like a commodity in a genetic free market. Thoughts of a dystopian society like the one in the film “Gattaca” come to mind. However, taking an immediate repugnant stand against genetic enhancement is not well-founded. A more open-minded inspection of the issue reveals that the idea of parents improving their children’s life prospects through genetic engineering (provided it is safe) is, at its core, not unethical....   [tags: designer children]

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The Decline of the World's IQ

- What will end the world as we know it. It could be climate change, disease, famine, or global war. If none of those come to pass there is always the truth that we are breeding our IQ into the basement. It’s called dysgeneic fertilization, and it has been happening for as long as we’ve been recording intelligence. Although this decline can be seen across the board, not everyone is affected the same way or to the same extent. With each generation that passes a gap widens between those retaining intelligence and those hemorrhaging intelligence....   [tags: Dystopic Apocalypse]

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The Implications Of Human Genetic Engineering

- In 1997, the film Gattaca was created, which showed the public a futuristic idea of humans being able to edit and modify human genetics to create “valid” humans as well as “invalids” (Green). Today, this futuristic idea from 19 years ago has become a not so out of reach reality for society today. Human genetic engineering is the process of either adding improved DNA or deleting sections of a person’s DNA and then adding more efficient DNA in its place. This process is used to enhance and modify human lives, by preventing many harmful genetic diseases as well as simply altering certain characteristics about a person....   [tags: Genetics, DNA, Human genome, Gene]

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DNA Donation: A Personal Choice

- Moral choices, ethical dilemmas, personal biases, and strong opinions tend to go hand in hand; you certainly cannot have one without the other. The topic of this paper is an ethical dilemma that will cause me to make a moral choice; I am also personally biased and strongly opinionated in regards to the situation. The topic is the donation of my DNA for a research study; the goal of the study will be to find a variant of a gene that will resist specific bacterial diseases. If the company succeeds in finding this gene, it may be able to produce a drug to sell to people who have these diseases....   [tags: Medical Ethics ]

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Should Human Cloning Be Pursued?

- ... Stem cells can replace worn out or damaged tissues and is an alternative to organ donation. It is less likely to result in rejection by the recipient because the tissue would be made from the recipients own genetic material. Like stated previously, therapeutic cloning does not involve the creation of a live human being. However, despite the benefits of therapeutic cloning, there are huge controversies surrounding the topic. One argument against therapeutic cloning is that creating stem cells on a large scale would require the use of vast amounts of human eggs....   [tags: reproductive and therapeutic cloning]

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The Biomedical Engineering Field Today

- One of the ongoing debates in the biomedical engineering field today is about the human genetic engineering. Imagine being able to design your own baby the way you want it to be or mean to say “perfect” before it is even born, or prevent your unborn child from an outrageous disease, or make your baby a smarter, stronger, or even an athlete. You can even decide the sex of your baby. With the advanced technology you can even choose the physical feature of your child. Although human genetic engineering might seem attractive for these reasons, it should not be done because it defies nature, leads to less diversity and raises moral and ethical concerns....   [tags: DNA, Genetics, Mutation, Natural selection]

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Anglo Saxon And Anglo Saxons

- There are many different types of work that were produced by the Anglo-Saxon people. Anglo-Saxons were the first people in England to have a language that was a mixture of French and old English. “Men cut down trees to clear land for ploughing and to sow crops. Farmers used oxen to pull ploughs up and down long strip fields. Children with dogs herded cattle and sheep. They also kept a lookout for wolves - which still lived in Britain at this time” (Who Were the Anglo-Saxons?). The people had very simple lives with no literature and a commitment to the Church....   [tags: Anglo-Saxons, Germanic peoples, Beowulf, Paganism]

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The Genetic Engineering Of Humans

- In modern society, scientist are working to develop the technologies that are necessary for the remedial engineering of individuals who would otherwise be genetically predisposed to diseases or disorders. Despite the advances in this domain, many individuals still consider “designer children” (Sandel 2007, 7) to be a science fiction—a phenomenon that is only actualized in the movies (i.e. Gattaca). It is incorrect, however, to consider the genetic engineering of humans as a value neutral technology—an instrument that could only be pursued for moral purposes (Nolan 2014)....   [tags: DNA, Genetic engineering, James D. Watson]

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Altering Human Genome

- Altering Human Genome “The gene pool could use a little chlorine.” -Bumper Sticker “Consider God’s handiwork; who can straighten what He hath made crooked?” -Ecclesiastes 7:13, from Gattaca “I not only think that we will tamper with Mother Nature. I think Mother wants us to.” -Willard Gaylin, from Gattaca With the scientific breakthroughs of the recent decades the humans have become more powerful than ever in their mastery of Nature. The genetic engineering that allows extracting and modifying the genetic makeup of the future person or animal is in a sense the power of Creation....   [tags: Eugenics Genetics Science Essays]

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Value of a Dystopia

- A perfect world with no negative aspects can be defined as a utopia. A utopia consists of having all the required or desirable elements of life that one has in mind. Everyone has an altered perception on what a utopia is, but in order for the world to be a utopia a universal definition is vital. Some elements to be considered in a utopia include a society that is stable socially, morally, politically, and economically. The more a world is in deficient to these key elements of a utopia, the farther the world travels from the parameters of a utopia....   [tags: Sociology ]

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The Theory of Knowledge

- “That which is accepted as knowledge today is sometimes discarded tomorrow.” Knowledge itself can be compared to a small child who is about to begin the long way in learning. Why this comparison. Since, as the child grows and goes through all the school years, with time, he will learn more and more than what he did before. The same situation can be applied to knowledge itself. The pursuit of knowledge has lead mankind to the point of development we are at as of the 21st century. With the passing of time, new ideas and methodologies, and key technological developments have lead, not to discarding knowledge, but to modifying our previous knowledge....   [tags: Natural Sciences]

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A Dangerous, Perfect World

- A Dangerous, Perfect World Imagine a world with no crime, no pain, and no sickness. To many who dream of this, it would be a great world to live in. Everything would be perfect, serene, and happy. What if the world we live was one step closer to becoming a true utopia. What if medical technology could fully eradicate cancer forever. In recent research of human DNA engineering, this “dream,” could become a reality.  Online writer of the MIT Technology Review, Antonio Regaldo, explains that by editing the DNA of an egg or sperm, or even an embryo, one could possibly erase, or fix, genes that mark a blueprint for disease....   [tags: DNA, Genetics, Genetic engineering, Human genome]

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Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis

- In today’s advanced world, modern technology has enabled humans to accomplish tasks once thought to be purely science fiction. We live in a world today where everything is instant and customed designed. Who would have ever thought that one day parents would be able to design their children. Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a “process [that] involves taking a 3-day-old embryo and pulling one of its six cells to test for genetic markers of disease.” (Edmonds). Although this process is meant to help to discover harmful diseases or complications like cancer, the idea of parents using this process to give their children what they consider “ideal traits” comes into question....   [tags: designer babies]

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Dystopian Comparisons

- In the Book A Clockwork Orange, the short stories Harrison Burgeron, The Lottery and the movies Gattaca and the Truman Show by Anthony Burgess, Kurt Vonnegut, Shirly Jackson, Andrew Niccol and Peter Wier respectively. These pieces of literature(and cinematography) all have a society that controls and manipulates the individual or Protaganist. The society does this because it wants total control over both the individual and the society as a whole. A Clockwork Orange is futuristic look at England....   [tags: Compare Contrast]

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Genetic Engineering and the End of the World As We Know It

- "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" --- From a Song by REM Having completed the Human Genome Project, scientists now seek to uncover the secrets of the human proteome (Begley 1). It is "guesstimated" that the proteome, meaning all the proteins, will involve up to 1000 times more data than the genome did. But this again brings us to the question: What will the scientific and medical communities do with all this information. deCode Genetics, partnered with Roche Holding of Basel, wants Iceland's genes to examine 25-35 common genetically linked diseases (Marshall 539)....   [tags: Genetic Manipulation Essays]

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Designer Babies

- Within the last 100 years or so scientists have many valuable discoveries that have benefited mankind. These discoveries include the discovery of genes. Scientists have discovered what makes humans so unique from one another. However, with this newly gained knowledge of the function of genes comes the ability to alter or change them. Just imagine in the not so near future, you and your partner want to start a family together. You travel to your local gene councillor to pick the physical and characteristic traits of your child....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]

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Therapuetic Cloning

- Children grow up watching movies such as Star Wars as well as Gattaca that contain the idea of cloning which usually depicts that society is on the brink of war or something awful is in the midsts but, with todays technology the sci-fi nature of cloning is actually possible. The science of cloning obligates the scientific community to boil the subject down into the basic category of morality pertaining towards cloning both humans as well as animals. While therapeutic cloning does have its moral disagreements towards the use of using the stem cells of humans to medically benefit those with “incomplete” sets of DNA, the benefits of therapeutic cloning outweigh the disagreements indubitably due...   [tags: dna, medicine, treatment]

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Genetic Engineering

- In the field of animal and human genetic engineering there is much more speculation, than fact, because very little has actually been tested in the real world. Firstly, there’s a big question mark over safety of genetic engineering. In addition, genetic engineering can cause greater problems than that what we have today. Moreover, we can create a injustice world between Designer vs Non-designer children. Furthermore, genetic engineering is a type of murder because of the process of genetically modifying a baby....   [tags: designer babies, perfect baby]

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