The Ethical Implications Of Genetic Engineering Essay

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Genetic engineering or genetic modification is the manipulation of a genome using biotechnology, and it has come leaps and bounds within the last three decades. Back then Louise Brown, the first test tube baby, was born and was crushing the ethical dilemma of whether in vitro fertilization (IVF) was safe and useful. Today there are new ethical implications being brought forth because of what genetic engineering is now capable of. It is now possible to essentially snip out part of a person’s genome and replace it with a more desirable gene. This is possible through molecular cloning to create a DNA sequence or by synthesizing the DNA and then inserting into the organism. This procedure has been done to many children to save them from chronic illnesses and diseases, but now the world is considering utilizing this procedure for another purpose. Not only can this technology save children from illnesses, it can also produce desirable characteristics in future children. The question then arises whether or not designer babies should be allowed, and if it is ethical. Although “designer babies” can be created, genetic engineering should be allowed because of the numerous health benefits, such as tissue and organ engineering, curing diseases, and the production of vaccinations and medications, for the human body. Some say that the idea of enhancing or choosing the characteristics of an embryo through editing the human germline can be very beneficial. Parents can already choose the…

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