The Harmful Effects Of Genetic Engineering Essay

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Although genetic engineering has not occurred for a long period of time, the harmful effects it has on plants, animals, and humans through toxicity, trait elimination, dangerous testing, and allergic reactions have proven not only dangerous, but lethal. Furthermore, the situation will not improve with current federal regulations. It is imperative that as a society we begin to realize these harmful effects genetic engineering has on not only the organisms directly, but also many others indirectly. As more research and results develop, the harmful effects have become more evident. Understanding the consequences of the changes being made to DNA will allow for a fuller understanding of how genetic engineering will cause concerns in the future. The core of genetic engineering begins in plants, and even though useful things transpired from the changes made, the negative effects far outweigh the positive ones. Foremost, for centuries natural selection has determined traits in plants. However, genetic engineering has begun to cheat natural selection by choosing the traits of organisms, or by changing the traits already there. For this reason, certain traits are almost completely gone. Once a trait is nonexistent it cannot be reconfigured, which could potentially be very dangerous. For example, traits have been manipulated to be resistant from bacteria and other pathogens, but those same bacteria and pathogens are becoming resistant to the new genes and are more dangerous than…

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