Pros And Cons Of Genetic Engineering

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On the 5th of July, 1995, Dolly the sheep was born. She was the first living organism to be cloned entirely from another. It was the first milestone in the history of human bio-engineering, but at the moment she was born, genetic research on humans was brought to a screeching halt. Since then, every single attempt at the cloning or engineering of the human genome has been blocked by the government, for reasons of ‘morality’ and ‘ethnical standards’. Many critics are calling out genetic engineering as humans ‘playing god’. However, the time might have just come. Although genetic engineering and cloning might break many ethnical and legal boundaries, it allows for medical and technological advances like never seen before, and therefore genetic engineering should definitely be legalised.

Genetic Engineering on humans has often been criticised as the gateway to inhuman creations. However, the question is actually what is a human? The human genome contains a total of 3,095,693,981 base ‘pairs’, each of which carry an individual instruction or message. According to Telegraph, the average genome of a human has about a 0.1% difference from those of other humans caused mainly by genetic mutations. That means strictly speaking, a human can have 3,095,693 genes that are totally different from any other human and still be biologically a homo sapiens. The differences that moderate genetic engineering will make to the genome (improved health, physiology, immunity to

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