Geneticisms Impact On Society

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New technological advances occur every day. These advances have begun to spill into most everything in modern society, such as agriculture, consumer health, the environment, food production, medicine, and much more. One of these advances is genetic engineering and the organisms that scientists genetically engineer called genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Today, there are many controversies over GMOs and whether or not they are good for society due to the process and possible repercussions of altering nature. genetically modified organisms are beneficial to the environment, farmers, and to the consumer’s health and therefore have a positive impact on society as a whole. Genetically modified organisms are a hot topic; however, few know …show more content…
Genetically modified organisms help the environment through being purposefully molded to conserve water. Companies, such as Monsanto, are working to genetically alter commonly planted crops like corn to retain more water in stressful conditions. The article “Genetically Modified Crops” from MIT College states that genetically modifying crops, “can increase the plants’ abiotic stress tolerance, or rather, increase the plants’ ability to prevent water loss to the environment”. Therefore, the use of genetically modified organisms leads to farmers needing less water for their crops and promotes water conservation. The use of GMOs, “also reduces pesticide use” (Knutson). The lack of harmful chemicals used on the produce leads to a healthier environment. There would be less of a runoff into local water and soil. In an interview with a local farmer in the documentary Fresh noted that with industrial farming, “you created a pollution problem where you didn’t have one”. With the use of GMOs, one can better reconcile the pros and cons of industrial farming. There would be less pollution involved in the system, thus making it have less of a negative impact on …show more content…
In the article, “Gmos: What Are They?”, it is noted that one example of GMOs in medicine is, “human gene therapy. Viruses are genetically modified to implant genes that can alleviate diseases and treat genetic disorders” (Goldbas). These GMOs can potentially save the lives of the people who receive the human gene therapy. They can be protected from targeted diseases like certain cancers. Another, more specific, example of genetically modified organisms in medicine is the use of genetically engineered tobacco plants for the treatment of diseases such as Ebola. As described by Lydia Chain, a writer for SienceLine, scientists attempted to alter tobacco plants in order to form a possible cure for Ebola. They injected the plants with strands of the Ebola virus in order to collect the antibodies that the plants produced. These antibodies were then injected into people to help combat the Ebola virus (Chain). Though this technology is not fully developed, it portrays just how far science has come and how far it can go in the near future. Genetically modified organisms that are incorporated into medicines work to improve the health of and prevent diseases in consumers

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