Pros And Cons Of Biotechnology

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With a technology that could potentially give parents the opportunity to specifically choose certain traits, both physically and characteristically, it is not surprising that many controversies arise. Biotechnology easily can overwhelm or make people skeptical, especially those who are unfamiliar with the technology involved or due to negative media opinions. The first area of concern for some individuals would be health-related issues involved with lifestyle enhancement technology. There are risks associated with genetic modification of any organism or with any experimental trials and new diseases may be introduced accidently. The process of genetic engineering itself might not work correctly. Choosing a specific gene and inserting it, may …show more content…
How much does this technique cost and who will have the access and ability to afford it? The American Society of Reproductive Medicine stated that the average price of in-vitro fertilization in the United Stated is $12,400, which is only the cost of IVF and does not take into account the actual germline therapy procedure. You can imagine that the addition of the procedure costs along with IVF, makes this only affordable for people with relatively high income. Since germline gene therapy is not currently conducted on humans, there is no estimate on the actual cost but with any new technology, it would be very costly. Since it would only be available and affordable to those who are better off economically, they would become genetically superior than the poor, who are already at a disadvantage. Economic divisions would turn into genetic divisions in society with enhanced individuals versus unenhanced individuals. Another concern is for those who can afford the high price, what happens if something goes wrong, a mutation occurs or the child does not turn out to be who the parents wanted? A dilemma is created if the parents do not get what they paid for and it is especially of large concern at such an expensive price. If they selected all the physical and personality traits of an athlete, but the child wants to be an accountant instead, who is to blame? Is it the child’s fault for wanting to go a different route in their life, the person’s fault who performed the procedure and may have selected the wrong genes, or the parents’ fault for expecting specific attributes before their child was even born? Are the parents entitled to get their money back for not receiving what they paid for? This situation also creates relationship problems between parents and children. They can become disappointed in the way their child physically looks or what occupation they choose if it is not what the parents’ planned. This technology gives parents the

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