The Ethics Of Using Genetically Modified Organisms Into The Environment And Humans
Technological questions in the gene therapy have been answered very rapidly. However, the ethical concerns that have risen as a result of the developmental technology are not being answered quite so readily. Public debate over the ethics of using gene technology to treat human beings began in the 1960s (15), when recombinant DNA research started. Long before the technology became available for a gene therapy protocol, the emergent discipline of bioethics focused on genetic engineering.
Safety of gene therapy is one of the main concerns in this area; for that reason, the committee of the National Academy of Science was created. The objective of this committee is to evaluate the consequences of releasing recombinant DNA organisms into the environment and humans. The major concern, of using genetically modified organisms (GMO) in humans, is the possible health risks to researchers and the public at large.
Most people feel good and accept gene therapy as a valuable treatment for human genetic disease. However, there are some concerns about the use of this technique to treat genetic disorders other than diseases. Because of the several concerns about the use of gene therapy, it has been necessary to create public policies to deal with these issues.
Arguments in favor of gene therapy
Gene therapy is often viewed as morally unobjectionable, though caution is urged. The main arguments in its favor are that it offers the potential to cure some…