The Dangers And Benefits Of Human Cloning And Genetic Engineering

765 Words Mar 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Genetic Engineering Out of all the discussions we participated in this quarter, the one that interested me the most was the discussion on the dangers and benefits of human cloning and genetic engineering. In the discussion we saw two sides of an issue, Kenneth Kosik argued that there are a lot of risks involved in tinkering with the human genome. If we intend to move forward with it, he felt that we need to proceed slowly and cautiously. Robert Sapolsky, on the other hand, was making the argument that many of the dangers that are being commonly expressed, are typically being over exaggerated. He contends that there are countless environmental and social factors that come into play in determining how our genes expressed. I thought that they had both made some valid points and that their arguments weren’t completely contrary to each other. For this reason, I decided to research this topic further. I’ll start with some of the benefits that can come from genetic engineering. With continued in-depth research in this field, it’s not unthinkable that doctors will be able to map the precise location of our genes, and understand exactly what effects they have on us. Diseases could possibly become a thing of the past. With gene therapy, doctors will be able to more easily diagnose and treat patients with hereditary diseases like Tay-Sachs disease or Sickle Cell Anemia. Mutations in the genome may, at some point, be able to be repaired or replaced. This ability could lead to cures…

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