The issue of modification through gene manipulation becomes increasingly complex when considering how this technology can be used as a means to unethical and harmful uses. In the article, Babies with Genes From 3 people could be Ethical, Panel Says, Rob Stein exposes various concerns about three gene donors in an embryo, including how a scientist, “Could introduce some new disease into the human gene pool or that scientists could try to do this for other reasons-nonmedical reasons, like create designer babies where parents pick the traits of their children.” Stein goes on to explain how the gene replacement procedure would take place, which continues to usher in a plethora of concerns as whether to allow Crispr technology be tested on a embryo.
In Dinesh D’Souza’s “Staying Human”, D’Souza contemplates the technological advances of the biotech revolution. He considers the effects of this revolution, through its benefits and hindrances upon society. D’Souza also contemplates the role parents will play in this society. Because of advances in biotechnology, parents assume the role of creator and attempt to design children according to their will. When utilizing biotechnology, parents determine the values they believe constitutes a “model Child” and attempt to assume the role of creator.
Option 1: Designer Babies What is a designer baby? Designer baby is a non-scientific but popular journalistic term that refers to gene therapy, a technique that uses genes, screening, and modifying embryos to cure hereditary diseases. The term is also used to describe a possible scenario in which scientists choose specific traits or physical characteristics (genetic-makeup) before a baby is born. This process can help to remove many genetic diseases stemmed from defects in mitochondria ("BBC - Horizon - 2005 -
Biotechnology What is biotechnology? Biotechnology is the exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc. Biotechnology has four major types of applications. Biotechnology is technology based on biology, it harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet.
Three-Parent Babies, which is also known as mitochondrial donation. With the increasing success of technology and sciences, researchers are developing different medical techniques that could allow mothers to avoid passing on genetically inherited mitochondria diseases to their children. IVF is one of the techniques. Every human cell comprises two main parts, which are the nucleus and the cytoplasm.
Embryonic stem cell research is a process in which scientists isolate material from an embryo that was conceived five to seven days prior. At that point embryos are called blastocysts. The outer layer of the blastocyst will become the placenta while the inner cell mass will become a fetus. It is from the inner cell mass that scientists isolate the stem cells.
Modern technology has invaded our world by storm. Minute by minute, unique ideas pop in the mind of the people in this generation to build and create something new that will be helpful to us. These advancements had aid us in almost all of the tasks that we do every day. It may give us a lot of benefits but if they fell into the wrong hands, we may be facing a door leading to a place where harm and danger are the only things that exist.
Victor Frankenstein was wrong! Big surprise, his entire story was a mistake, but he had the chance to remedy the situation and chose only to make it worse by destroying his way out. Imagine this, you've just been born and your first experiences in life are anger and hate towards you and you have no clue why, everyone rejects you from society, even your father. How would you feel? Not happy right?
According to Resnik, Steinkraus, & Langer (1999), gene therapy defines as the medical procedures that use DNA in the therapeutic treatment of human disease. There are two types of gene therapy – germline gene therapy and somatic gene therapy. Germline Gene therapy is the introduction and modification of DNA in embryos or reproductive cell to treat disease (Giacca, 2010; Resnik, Steinkraus, & Langer, 1999). Somatic gene therapy is the manipulation of DNA in body cells to treat disease (Resnik, Steinkraus, & Langer, 1999). According to Journal of Gene Medicine (2015), from 1989 to July 2015, there are over two thousand clinical trials on gene therapy.