Is Germ Gene Line Therapy A Valid Option For Parents? Essay

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CHST 701- Controversy Assignment
Is germ gene line therapy a valid option for parents?
In this report I am analysing if germ gene line therapy being a valid option for parents. The germ gene line therapy is a process of transferring the DNA into the reproductive cells in the body such as an egg or a sperm cell. DNA is deoxyribonucleic acid which is double helix code which consists of nitrogenous bases such as adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine. These nitrogenous bases account for the genome code of A,T,G, and C. The nitrogenous base provides a specific sequence unique to each individual inherited from parents’ genetics. This DNA transferring involves in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for the egg and sperm to meet outside the mother’s body.
This is a controversial issue as it involves social, ethical, and religious issues. I will examine if the technologies for gene transfer is safe, if modifying the human gene is ethically acceptable and if it could be only to the embryo or fetus before birth. If the germ gene line therapy could be used as improving the health of the individual or if it could be used as improving or creating better “race” and society. If creating or improving a race has a positive or negative impact on the society. Or if creating this type of technology is exploitation for aesthetic appearance or intellectual performance (Gaccia p.283).
The sources I am going to examine come from both scholarly and popular sources. The idea of genes as drugs for human…

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