Essay On Gene Editing

Good Essays
We, as a society, should always be moving forward and bettering ourselves, but is genetic manipulation the best way to do it? Gene editing can help cure fatal diseases in children however it could be possible for parents to choose their children’s personality traits. Science should be used to better a person’s life, not determine it. It is not a moral obligation of a parent to screen out “personality flaws” but it is a parent’s moral obligation if they want to cure their child of sickle cell disease and save the child from a painful and possibly shortened life. It is wrong for parents and scientists to play God, except in the instance it could save the child from suffering.
Now that scientists have successfully modified human embryos, the debates is on if human germline editing, changing the genetic code of future descendants, is an ethical thing to do. People say it is unnatural, but so are antibiotics and modern medicine. Another argument against gene editing is that it is changing the next generation without their consent, which is an awful argument because they cannot consent if they do not exist. The more time
…show more content…
Another thing is that they believe it will be abused to make “the perfect” child. However, it is important to think about how many lives it will save and how much better the overall health of society would be. It would be used to save living breathing people for slow deaths such a huntington’s disease, which activates around age 40 and slowly eats at the brain until the patient is brain dead. Genetic manipulation would also have to be done by a qualified doctor so parents could not just go and ask for their child to have all these traits and none of these traits because it would have to be a regulated procedure and gene manipulation has only been used to fix single genetic mutations and not multiple gene

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Imagine this; a world where no one has lifelong infections or medical conditions. This might be made possible soon; however, some are afraid that parents will take it too far. With enough money, they could transform their babies to be intelligent and good looking. In my opinion, genetic engineering should be allowed, but restrictions should be in place to stop parents from making super babies. Genetic engineering is the purposeful changing of an organism's DNA.…

    • 486 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Is Human Cloning Possible

    • 1372 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Instead of creating clones that have to experience the effects of the imperfections, scientists should focus more on improving the lives of people by using other ways that does not include ethics or does not cause harm to others. These scientists are making the clones suffer through unneeded complications. Head states in the article, “Should human cloning be banned?”, “Scientists generally agree that it would be irresponsible to clone a human being until cloning has been perfected, given that the cloned human would probably face serious, and ultimately terminal, health issues.” It is impetuous for scientists to continue cloning because the babies that were made are alive and have their own feelings. They should not be forced to live with health issues their entire life because of our imperfect experiments. Scientists only want to create clones in order to have better organ donors.…

    • 1372 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Many parents find vaccines to cause more trouble than what they are worth. It worries doctors that parents do not realize what they are limiting their children from doing because they are scared for the outcome they might receive. Doctors find it rather dangerous to not receive the vaccinations. It is very beneficial to give children the vaccinations for they will understand when they get older. Although some parents find that the risks outweigh the benefits when it comes to youth vaccinations, doctors are highly suggesting them to reconsider to save future generations and quite possibly the lives of their own children.…

    • 983 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Altering natural-born feature with DNA is harmful, unethical, and detrimental to society because it is meddling with measures beyond our grasp. "The prospect of real designer babies—where it would be possible to reliably choose cosmetic traits such as complexion and hair color or even physical characteristics such as athleticism—remains a distant one. But that day may be drawing closer, thanks to advances in genetic technology.”(Naik) Genetic engineering is becoming a more popular topic every year, but doctors and gene specialist should spend more time looking for cures to diseases; rather than pleasing the hunger of ungrateful and unsatisfied parents. Playing God is a dangerous game that inevitably ends with a monster. If society eventually allows genetic…

    • 1252 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In fact, they think it is a better option for children and their parents. They can choose an embryo that is not going to be affected by a certain gene and then their child will not have a specific disease, but that does not make up for the fact that one of the embryos just gets thrown away. Also when someone changes the genes to avoid a disease there is always a possibility that the gene pools gets messed up. Overall, there are more cons in the situation than pros and “designer babies” are not worth the risk. Some people are not able to have children for medical reasons so they have to look into In Vitro Fertilization for further help, but “designer babies” are going farther than that.…

    • 1505 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    But wouldn’t it be better if the person didn’t have to suffer at all and not pass these hereditary genes onto his or her children? Democrats think that if it’s alright to use effective medical treatments to cure a forty year old with Alzheimer’s, it’s all right to prevent the person from getting it in the first place. This new technology is very helpful to our future children and will help inherited diseases to be stopped in its tracks.” (4) A majority of republicans believe that the world has only existed as long as humans have existed. Republicans in general see the unethical characteristic of genetic engineering. Republicans also fear the overall cost of genetic engineering.…

    • 1326 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Arguments Against Cloning

    • 1366 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Cloning is wrong because it’s “playing God” or “unnatural” argument is from being stated that it is morally wrong because it oversteps the boundaries that are set either by God or nature. If it is not a procreation of something naturally made then it is an infraction. The dangers of cloning is a fear that the cloned child would suffer from genetic defects or result in a high number of defective embryos before one healthy one is developed. Even Dolly’s creator turned down human…

    • 1366 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Genetic engineering threatens a child’s rights of individuality, independence and decisions in their later life. If society’s parents decide what types of genes their children have they could potentially be robbing their children of a range of futures that would have otherwise been available to them. The norm of society will be creating children to help other siblings survive or to fill a role that their parents have selected for them. This is not ethically correct and until scientists around the world have further developed this technology the fact remains that parents should not have the ability to alter their children’s genes. Despite the horrible risks for the children this new technology has amazing potential benefits of medical nature for both children and future…

    • 1129 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Some are created with inherent flaws and others break down before their time. However, manipulating with traits should not be allowed because it allows for parents to go to the extremes of changing their child’s traits and in many cases it cannot be reversed once children get older, but how do we truly know if parents will be satisfied with the results. It also brings up the question of: Where do we draw the line when it comes to selective breeding? What I will say is that science has the potential to do good with problems such as diseases and should be utilized to do good for everyone. It should not be taken advantage by inflicting harm upon others, especially with…

    • 782 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    It should not be a right that a person could progress with this idea because the lives of many rely on his hands. The human genome project in general should be made public, like what the National Human Genome Research Institute is trying to accomplish to prevent people and organizations such as the one in this situation from continuing. However, this brings up the issue of who should be genetically tested and who will have entry to the subsequent data. Parents in presence of the birth of their newborn should be securely encouraged to have their child undergo genetic testing. The reason to this idea is that although both parents may appear healthy, babies should go through newborn screening because it is better to be safe than sorry when taking a glance at possible DNA errors.…

    • 1075 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays