Genetic Engineering For Humans

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Should We Allow Genetic Engineering of Humans? Genetic engineering is a burgeoning technology that has been surging in development and popularity within the last few years. Genetic engineering is the altercation of genes in an organism. Humans have been doing this for millennia through process of selective breeding since the dawn of agriculture. In modern times, we have made a lot of headway on the development of technologies that make the process easier. Today through the advent of new technologies, we are able to physically alter the DNA of living organisms faster, cheaper, and easier than ever. The progress that has been made has led to people advocating for use of this technology on humans. Genetic altercation of has a lot of potential …show more content…
The first potential use for genetic engineering is the treatment and elimination of disease. This works for viruses by giving the genetic information of the disease to a DNA database, called CRISPR. All viruses operate by invading the cells and imprinting genetic code in it that causes the cell to use its nutrients to create more of that virus. Once the cell dies the virus spreads to the other cells repeating the process until all the cells are dead. If or when a cell is able to survive this process, it takes a copy of the DNA the virus implanted, and then stores it in the CRISPR. This information is spread to the other cells. When the virus tries to invade a cell, a protein called cas-9 is activated and it reads the DNA looking for a match to the virus DNA it has in store. Once it finds a match, it targets that section of the DNA and cuts the virus replicating DNA out of the …show more content…
In the future cancer could be eliminated by simply getting a single injection of your own modified cells, making a cancer treatment just like getting your yearly flu shot. Genetic engineering can solve these deadly diseases, plus genetic ones (duh). Millions of people, every year, are born with various diseases like hemophilia, downs syndrome, and Huntington’s’. Over 3,000 genetic diseases are cause by just a single mutation in the DNA. With genetic therapy getting more and more accurate, in a couple decades we could potentially cure thousands of genetic diseases, making the lives of countless numbers of people much

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