How Does CRISPR Impact Society

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109276 EuDaly 2B CRISPRs Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) carries an organism’s genetic material. DNA is inherited from two parents and passed on to offspring. This genetic material makes up the components that construction an organism. The sequence of DNA base pairs determines the traits the offspring will inherit. DNA is responsible for the creation of every protein in the human body. Occasionally, there is a mutation in this DNA sequence which results in disease. The use of CRISPR will positively impact society by allowing the elimination and cure of DNA mutation diseases, which outweighs the social opposition of the permanent alteration of the human genome. CRISPR- Cas9 is a genome editing tool. The human genome consists of 23 chromosomes that…show more content…
An ethical implication of the use of CRISPR is that the change made to the gene will be passed on between multiple generations. Therefore, there is lasting consequence in the family. The technology can alter the human genome. However, this alteration is beneficial as DNA mutation diseases can be eliminated which will positively impact society by allowing a higher quality of life to those who would have suffered the disease. (yourgenome, 2017) The other ethical controversy of CRISPR is designer babies. The technology could be used in reproductive cells. Thus, parents would be able to alter their gametes in order to create a child with traits they want their child to have. For example, parents with brown eyes who viewed blue eyes as better for their child the technology makes this possible by editing the DNA in chromosome 19. The concern of this is that humankind will lose variety. The removal of diseases and the selection of traits is a social concern of the use of CRISPR. For these reasons the technology is currently illegal in countries such as the United Kingdom. However, in America these social concerns should not eliminate the technology’s use in society. Instead, the technology should be implemented only to cure diseases. Due to the worry of designer babies CRISPR should not be allowed to edit a human gamete. However, CRISPR use in the cure of genetic diseases would be for the good of society. Diseases which decrease the…show more content…
This allows for the cure of DNA mutation diseases, along with elimination of diseases from the human species. The opposition of CRISPR’s use states that technology is risky, will permanently change the human genome, and open the path of designer babies. The risk of CRISPR is minimal. Thus, the lives saved will for the greater good will outweigh the possible side effects. The worry of altering the genome can be viewed as not an issue as the elimination of diseases will increase the quality of life for people. And the use of designer babies can be eradicated by not allowing the technology to be used in gametes. Therefore, the use of CRISPR should be introduced into humanity to allow for an increased life quality of those who suffer from DNA
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