Gene Screening: An Argumentative Analysis

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There has been much debate over altering D.N.A in the next generation of citizens. Many people are disagreeing over the ethics involved with gene editing. Using fairly new technology, Crispr-Cas 9, scientist can now alter D.N.A to eliminate some life threatening diseases and mutations by cutting out unhealthy strands of D.N.A, and replacing it with new ones. More controversially, scientist now have the power to change external appearance and character traits of babies, also know as “designer babies.” Genetic engineering should only be used in most dire situations, only to cure life threatening diseases.

Gene editing should be regulated so people have access to screenings to look for potentially deadly diseases. In the article, How Much Can We Decide About Baby’s Genes, by Joseph Brownstein, Brownstein writes, “University College London Hospital announced this weekend that it had produced the first baby in the United Kingdom guaranteed not to have the breast cancer gene...” This quote is reinforcing the idea that through genetic engineering people are given the chance to live life without a disease. This is really illuminates some benefits of gene editing.
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Erika Check Hayden, the author of the article “ Tomorrow 's Children,” explains just this. “ ‘As a parent with an incredibly sick child what are we supposed to do- sit by on the sidelines while my child dies? There’s zero chance of that,’ Wisely says” Matt Wilsey is the father of Grace who was diagnosed with a rare disease caused by genetic mutation. “ ‘ CRISPR is a bullet train that has left the station- there 's no stopping it, so how can we harness it for good?’” This quote highlights

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