Prothical Ethical Implications Of Embryos

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The dream of eradicating illnesses just got one step closer as scientists in China have successfully modified the genes of a human embryo. This news reverberated throughout the scientific community and hailed as the next revolution of medicine as it will allow us to eradicate devastating genetic illnesses such as Down syndrome, Anemia and Parkinson’s (Tarantola). As the name indicates, genetically engineering embryos is the manipulation of the human genome, in order to improve the embryo’s DNA, and subsequently prevent devastating diseases that the individual would be otherwise susceptible to. As such, the genetic modification of embryos would allow humanity to prosper, free from some of the most serious diseases that haunt mankind. This attempt …show more content…
Seeing how the procedure treats on medical ethics, and has polarised the scientific communities, experts around the world are debating whether the merits of the genetic modification of human embryos trump the supposed consequences of the act. While some might argue that the genetic modification of embryos can lead to unintentional consequences and is a breach of ethics, the potential of the procedure alone is enough to negate the above claims. Genetically modifying embryos can lead to medical advantages in disease prevention, as well as an extended lifespan, and improved pharmaceuticals, as long as the research continues. Consequently, it seems apparent that the genetic modification of embryos is beneficial to …show more content…
At this point in time, genetic manipulation is not a precise as precise as researchers wish it to be. According to Brown (2015), the same study by the Chinese that reported a successful manipulation of the human genome, reported what they called “off target effects” in their experiment. This means that in some cases, the genetic editing occurred in the wrong place in the DNA. This justifies the scientific community’s fear of unpredictability of the process. Additionally, there is concern over the long term effects of such a procedure, as this aspect of the treatment has never been tested (Brown, 2015). Also, the issue of ethics arises, seeing that the notion of testing unproven technology on a live human babies is very problematic. Brown (2015) explains that ethical concerns over designer babies and the uncertainty of the experiments have quite the number of individuals concerned over allowing such a dangerous technique to be applied without any control. However, as with everything remotely related to our health, there are stringent regulations backed by strong penalties for non-compliance set, in order to make sure that no one breaches those regulations. In order to conduct research, researcher must apply for a permit as Sample (2015) explains, and it would be up

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