Ooplasmic Transformation Technology

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Technology has come a long way in the last couple of decades. Technology went from horse drawn carriages to cars that park themselves. From sending letters that took days, weeks, even months to deliver to iPhones that can send and receive messages in seconds, no matter where the person is located on the globe. Technology is a wonderful thing that has helped in many ways, but recently technology has taken on a whole new spectrum. Not only can people communicate from all around the globe, but they will soon be able to genetically modify their unborn children. “Sci-fi novels and films, like Gattaca, no longer have a monopoly on genetically engineered humans. Real research scripts about editing the human genome are now appearing in scientific …show more content…
“Scientists at St. Barnabas Hospital in New Jersey announced that they had created genetically modified babies with a technique called ooplasmic transfer” (Cussins, 2014). Ooplasmic transfer is used in science all over the world and is mainly for woman that have eggs, but cannot have children. “Ooplasmic transfer involved injecting part of a fertile woman 's egg "white" into an infertile woman 's egg” (Cussins, 2014). With the use of Ooplasmic transfer these woman are able to have children. Also, with the use of the transfer they were able to genetically modify the child’s DNA. Although, there is an effect to changing the DNA. They not only changed the genetic code of these children, but their children, and many generations to come. Even though the scientist at St. Barnabas Hospital were close to a breakthrough “the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stopped the practice because there was no pre-clinical data about its safety, and because several fetuses created with the technique showed genetic anomalies” (Cussins, 2014). Genetically modifying children can lead to overall problems. Like stated before, this practice is not yet perfect and can cause abnormalities in the fetus. Another thing is that this practice can only be tried on humans. It will not be the same for animals because they do not have the same intelligence and superiority as humans do. So, scientists will not see the full effect of the change. It is also difficult to go in and change things like traits to make the child more musically enhanced, more intelligent, etc. because these things are not made up of only one gene, but hundreds, even thousands of them. So, it is very easy for a scientist to slipup. An ethical appeal for this argument is that Scientists in china have been working on genetically engineering embryos, but they have not yet fully succeeded. After many tests they tested

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