Genetic Engineering : Be Controlled By Law Essay

717 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 3 Pages
Control Genetic Engineering Genetic engineering is the deliberate modification of the characteristics of an organism by manipulating its genetic material. Genetic engineering can: cure inherited diseases, modify plants so that they may fight pollution and make bigger/faster growing fruits and vegetables, make cats to glow in the dark, and cows that pass less gas. There are both pros and cons to genetic engineering. With that being said, society wants to know should it be controlled by law. In an article called, “Genetic Engineering Debate: Are There Lines We Shouldn 't Cross?”, it points out the two different views on this new technology. One view was that genetic engineering has cause ethical concerns about, “‘unnaturalness’ of changing a living organism and a fear that scientists are ‘playing God’ through their alterations of an original being.” (Erickson). The other view is a more positive view on the prediction that gene therapy “will not only treat and prevent debilitating diseases but also enhance or improve normal human trait” (Erickson). These two views show the fact that genetic engineering are a controversial issue. Arguments against this technology are: that it is unsafe, they do not know what it will be used for, which traits to enhance or get rid of, do they know the functions of the genes that might be changed, how this affects their children, how it affects women, and what it might lead to. All of these things are stated in an article called, “Should We…

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