Genetic Engineering Social Dilemmas

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Genetic engineering, also called biotechnology, is a science in which genetic material is altered, transformed, and modified in various ways in order to manipulate certain characteristics of certain organisms or populations of organisms. Emerging in the 1970’s, this new technology is a study of genetics, heredity, and can be applied to plants, animals, and humans. Stated by Stephen P. Stich in Genetic Engineering: Opposing viewpoints: (p.74) “Genetic Engineering poses moral and social dilemmas every bit as daunting as the rewards are enticing.” Genetic Engineering involves the manipulation of certain genes in organisms to meet the desired expressed traits and qualities in any given offspring. It is the collection of techniques used to isolate …show more content…
Ranging from feeding the world to creating a sick free society, these benefits are seen as worth the risk and encourage human, animal, and plant trials to be tested. The elimination of childhood diseases and adulthood diseases is a possibility. Some of the most deadly and incurable diseases could potentially be wiped out. For instance, Cystic Fibrosis could be completely cured with the use of genetic engineering. Food products, designed to withstand harsher conditions, such as cold or hot temperatures, and may also have more medical value such as the integration of edible vaccines, which could easily be accessible to everyone. Farm animals; produced at higher more efficient rates. Cows, for example, can be engineered to produce more milk, meat and product in general because of the ability to grow them to larger sizes (Do the pros outweigh the cons? Genetic Engineering). The pros of Genetic Engineering do not come without risk. Scientists still aren’t fully aware of health repercussions from genetically modified organisms, but, many believe that with research, genetic engineering could essentially solve health mysteries, food shortage crises, and expand society’s knowledge on the complexity of genetic …show more content…
The simple yes or no answer is much more complicated. Deciphering whether or not Genetic Engineering is ethical is difficult and often strenuous. Because not everything involving this topic is right or wrong, positive or negative. There is some good and some bad. While it may seem scary and ungodly, Genetic Engineering holds many promises for humanity. And just like anything else, it can abused, but it is the abusing that is unethical, not the science itself. Limitations should be set in place and research monitored but still research should be allowed to continue, grow, and unfold mysteries scientists thought were unsolvable. Genetic Engineering is a complex process that is debated globally. Should we or should we not allow this science to further? I believe it should be furthered. Integrating GMO’s and curing diseases and even furthering our understanding of genetic material and its capabilities far outweighs the cons. Limitations should be set in place to ensure ethical research is being done, but nonetheless, Genetic Engineering could benefit society so much more then actually harm

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