Genetic Engineering In Brave New World

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When something completely new is being studied, people will often times think the worst of it. This is what the author of Brave New World did. At the time Aldous Huxley was writing his book, the idea of genetic engineering was just being introduced. Huxley predicted that people would become greedy with the power that genetic engineering gave them. What would people do if they could decide other people’s fates even before they were born? Why would the leaders genetically alter some people so their lives would be exactly as they were predestined to be? Brave New World explores the effects of genetic engineering on society and how it makes people lose their sense of humanity. Recent discoveries and scientific breakthroughs have led to the popularization of genetic modification in our world today; even though we have not …show more content…

So where did he get the ideas about the genetic engineering technology used in the World State. Even though genetic engineering was not successful until later, scientists were still experimenting with genetics during Huxley’s time. Genetic modifications on plants was the first to be successful, however research has proven that genetic modification on human DNA is possible. Human genetic modification is the direct manipulation of the genome using molecular engineering techniques. “Recently developed techniques for modifying genes are often called “gene editing ("Human Genetic Modification | Center for Genetics and Society").” Genetic modification can be applied in two very different ways: “somatic genetic modification” and “germline genetic modification. Somatic genetic modification adds, cuts, or changes the genes in some of the cells of an existing person, typically to alleviate a medical condition. These gene therapy techniques are approaching clinical practice, but only for a few conditions, and at a very high

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