As a society we are adapting, changing, and growing every day. Genetic modification is happening; many people are just not aware. Genetic engineering is great for society because it can cause many new advancements for the as in world with no diseases and a world without hunger. “There is a good case for exploring all ideas relevant to our current concerns, no matter where they lead” (Pinker 533). Although no one knows how far genetic enhancing and cloning could go makes it a dangerous idea, does not mean as a society that we ignore it. Ignoring the development of genetic modification can cause a total chaos when so many good things can come from this process. Cloning and genetic enhancing research needs to be further expanded and brought to the
Before this unit, I was skeptical about genetic technologies, as I was unsure if the resources, time and money put into the research and development of genetic technology worth the outcome. However, through research, I have realized that genetic technology is key to saving innumerable lives of patients with any kind of genetic disorders. This technology may be one of many cures for some, but may also be the only method of survival for some others. According to my research, eliminating all genetic disorders is believed to affect 146,000,000 - 219,000,000 people. I am certain that ensuring a safer and healthier life for this multitudinous number of patients will undoubtedly be one of the greatest decisions the society has made. However, at this stage, genetic technology is still in the stage of an embryo. It has great potentials, yet it is not developed to its full extent. Therefore, I believe more effort, time, and resources must be used to develop this
By using genetic engineering, scientist are given the opportunity to “play God” among individuals. Doing this, they can chose to manipulate one’s genes and their children. For most people, genetic engineering is viewed unnatural and this goes against everything we are thought and the basic nature of it. What a person would look like should just be done naturally, instead of trying to manipulate their genes to how
Fukuyama brings up topics that can be split into two categories: risks and benefits of genetic engineering along with the affordability of genetic engineering. Considering scientists aren’t entirely sure how genes work, they bring about several ills they wouldn’t be aware of, whether they be immediate ills or ills that show up much later (Fukuyama, 678). Genetic Engineering could have horrific effects on a population which could lead to the abandoning of genetic modification, just like in the way that hydroelectricity is no longer used as much because of the potential of dam breaks or environmental effects (Fukuyama, 680). There is also a possibility that only the rich will have access to this technology, so the state would possibly have to intervene to fix this inequality (Fukuyama, 680). Fukuyama concludes his writing by posing the fact that no matter what happens with genetic engineering, genetic engineering will change the course of human history on several levels, and on levels greater than that of any human biotechnology (Fukuyama, 681). This could be anywhere from the alteration of politics to the change of human nature in its
Genetic illnesses have always been around without any way to prevent them. With genetic engineering, scientists would be able to remove things such as heart diseases, chances of alcoholism,
Everything in life has a system. A system of equations, a subway system, and even your organ system, all able to operate at close to near perfection as the known. However, if one of these system are manipulated into the unknown the results might be disastrously: a crash or organ failure. With human genetic engineering, the societal results are entirely unknown. Human genetic engineering is a cause that will expand the belief in what is justifiable in the areas of philosophical, moral, and ethical backgrounds. Despite the benefits human genetic engineering, it can also lead to negative social and psychological consequences such as a creation of an underclass (Napolitano, Oladele), and a loss of individuality. Human genetic engineering will cause more social consequences that will evidently outweigh its benefits.
As the movie Gattaca hints, a community of people reliant only on the study of genes definitely has a few flaws. For one, the use of gene identification would be treated or used in a very mean, unfair way. As the movie showed, people with less healthy genes (such as Vincent), would be unable to reach their dreams. This is unfair! The extremely important part of our government, "everyone is created equal" is suddenly lost. Work attitude, desire to do something, and skill is thrown out the window, so to speak, to less qualified people who get "proper" genes . To do this would definitely interfere with the government and fairness that America has struggled so hard to accomplish. What's more, it would be incredibly easy to lose sight of what makes everyone different. If every person is created to be "perfect", then the world would lose its sense of variety. Racial and social bias would win out over nature, and the differences between world variety will rapidly decrease.
Controversial themes have long been a component of memorable film. These particular films touch on topics audiences might have typically found taboo or litigious, often dealing with ethical and social affairs. A prime example of this is the 1997 sci-fi film Gattaca. In a nutshell, Gattaca is a tale about a genetically caste era featuring modified humans and technologically reinforced discrimination. This world is no longer prejudice against class, gender, or religion but rather on DNA itself. The film serves as a warning about extremes in technological advancement and genetic engineering. A society attempting to create utopia by genetically customizing reproduction introduces several questions regarding gene discrimination, expectations of
However, much of the church’s teachings, such as gays not being acceptable, are outdated and frankly, I think that at the end of the day, if genetic engineering helps to fix a child be born correctly, then the procedures are good. Many parents begin to explain to their children how babies are made by stating “it all starts when two people love each other very much…” And that’s how God intended for us to create life initially, not in a laboratory filled with test tubes and growth hormones. When all said and done, the sanctity and dignity of human life is denied when created by means other than sexual reproduction and natural birth unless life is at
Genetic analysis should be used freely in society, but only to help those who actually need it. The movie advocates the rules of your genetic makeup which leads to certain opportunities being presented to certain people with higher pedigrees than other. If a person's genetic makeup is sub-par you are unable to obtain your goals in life. While this is not true in the real world it could become a possibility in the future. The movie gives evidence of how your genetic makeup could affect who you love, what jobs you get, and expose you to certain discriminations in your life.
In many countries, it is illegal to create a designer baby, but in the United States, there is no law against it (Knoepfler, The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies, TedTalk). In his TedTalk, “The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies,” stem cell and genetics researcher, Paul Knoepfler, states the long-term risks of designer babies, describing it as “a kinder, gentler, positive eugenics.” He also touches on government involvement in this researcher; “I also think it 's not that unlikely that governments might start taking an interest in genetic modification. So for example our imagined GM Jenna child who is healthier, if there 's a generation that looks like they have lower healthcare costs, it 's possible that governments may start trying to compel their citizens to go the GM route.” I agree with many points Knoepfler makes in his TedTalk. I am not comfortable with the idea of creating designer babies- we do not know what else this could lead to. Knoepfler states, “We should not allow creating genetically modified people,because it 's just too dangerous and too unpredictable.” From the Natural Law perspective, it is interfering with the natural and beautiful process of creating life. It is humans trying to play God. As someone who believes in the good that science brings, I feel that risk designer babies bring outweigh the benefits. It will cause a divide in our society where “traditional” children will be consistently compared to genetically modified children, and it may force people to choose to Personally, I would not be comfort with participating in any assisted reproduction processes. The creation of life is sacred and should be respected and performed in the way God
People think that this will make the next generation perfect, this is not entirely true. If every single person in the world was perfect, technically no one would be perfect. No one would be perfect because everyone would be the same, which kills the strive for something even better, perfection. Also, scientists say that this can cure all diseases by removing a certain gene. Scientists actually could remove a gene which causes disease, but this could end up introducing a new, more powerful disease to the body. Finally, genetic modifying can allow people to live longer. You may think that this is good that people would live longer, but there some negative aspects to this. Life would be very boring of course, but more importantly, overpopulation would happen and humans would be in competition with one another since everything would now be limited. While some aspects of genetic engineering should appealing, they all most likely have a dark secret hiding within
What is your image of perfect? By altering genes it would be possible to produce, what in your eyes might be, the “perfect” child. Designer babies are children whose genes are artificially altered and replaced at an embryonic stage to either express or eliminate certain genes. English physician, Walter Heape, established the scientific roots of in vitro fertilization in the late-nineteenth century by transferring embryos from one rabbit to another. The first successful application of IVF in humans took place almost a century later on July 25, 1978, when Louise Brown was born and entitled the world 's first “test-tube baby” (Lerner). This procedure’s purpose is to switch out genes for more preferred ones, especially to improve the health of the child. Genetic engineering could permit selection of desired physical and pleasurable traits for non-medical reasons, which has created concern in some people. The process of switching out the genes of a fetus to install genes that are more preferred has brought up debate about whether or not parents should be able to alter their babies genes to make them more appealing to the parents interests. There are many different ways of looking at this procedure and in contrast to other scientific procedures it can be for greater good or for unnecessary enhancement that could potentially create problems in society. Designer babies aren’t morally correct or incorrect, but are in between depending on what it is being used for.
As the penman predicted, the mankind is now in the process of putting on the analogous paradigm to the control of mother nature (Mazzoni). Literally speaking, people are now engineering nature. They try to create and produce new forms of life by making interventions on the microcosmic level. With genetic modification, people climb to a new, highest level of genetics. The cloning industry as well as genetic engineering are advancing so fast that it would only take a short time until people would feel the power and would misuse them on their own account (Schumacher). One day cloning human beings will be an ordinary procedure just like in the novel by Aldous Huxley.
If given the chance, would people change any physical or personal traits about themselves? The genetics company “23andMe” was given a license on technology that allows humans to design a child to be everything they wish it to be, as designer genetics help to create the “perfect” infant. As scientist begin to use technology to unfold the hidden mysteries behind designer genetics, a scheme of genetically modified children is being made. Scientists are beginning to fathom which gene does what and ultimately what genes can be manipulated to meet the parent's desires, by using a donor, as this “meme”, of the idea of a perfect child, is starting to become highly coveted. In Susan Blackmore’s essay, “Strange Creatures”, she presents the ideas of a