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 humanity.
To begin with, there are medical advantages to genetically modifying embryos. This process would allow the eradication of the genetic diseases that haunt humanity. As such, the manipulation of embryonic DNA would help screen potential diseases that might affect the individual that will grow out of the embryo. The “Blueprint of life”, as Tarantola (2015) names the human genome, contains the details of every aspect of our future health, screening for