Essay on The Ethics And Safety Of Gmos

1897 Words Apr 1st, 2016 null Page
In Scotland, 1997, a cell nucleus was transferred into an “empty” cell, and Dolly the sheep, the first mammal clone, was created. Dolly was not the end of cloning. Scientists debated creating a mammoth through a process known as de-extinction. They decided against cloning a dead mammoth not because it was hard, but because they would have nowhere to put the animal (nationalgeographic.com 1). Even humans could be cloned. But what will soon be possible is to enhance ourselves through genetic modification. We currently do this with food; GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are created by cloning the DNA of one organism and implanting it into the genes of another. Frost, pest, and herbicide resistant crops are created through this process. The artificial combination of two DNA strands is recombinant DNA, or rDNA. Humans could, in the near future, be made smarter, stronger, or prettier. Today, diseases in unborn children can be prevented. The ethics and safety of GMOs and “designer” babies is currently a topic of contention. If paired with thorough testing and FDA approval, genetically modified food is ethically and scientifically beneficial; with federal and worldwide restrictions, humans should be allowed to be modified to prevent/cure serious health risks.
Genetically modified (GM) foods should be used because they provide significant health benefits, increased crop yield, and even reduce our environmental footprint. Dr. Wayne Parrott, professor of crop science at the…

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