Essay Against Genetic Engineering

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Genetic engineering seemed to be a thought for the future of our children’s children, something we wouldn’t dream of having within our own lifetimes that could change the appearance and biological structure of ourselves, with the changing of one specific gene. This is soon becoming an everyday reality as technology advances with the development of a gene editing tool called CRISPR (Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) which will make gene editing faster, more reliable, and cost effective. Although, current gene editing techniques cost tens of thousands of dollars for a vast amount of applications and therapies for everything from Alzheimer’s to cancer to HIV. Thus, brings up the question, why are we keeping these preventative measures from the majority and only keeping them for the minority that can afford the high costs. People have been skeptical of gene editing, arguing that it’s unreliable and the cons outweigh the pros in terms of its ethical and economic impact on society. I view the opposite, seeing how if we can further advance the technology and enable preventative genes to be accessible for all incomes and …show more content…
While this may seem like a strong supportive argument to follow, the longevity of humanities survival; both past and present is in danger if we don’t act. Humans have practiced genetic engineering since the beginning of time with agriculture, even though humanity didn’t know we were doing it at the time through selective breeding. Furthermore, if we can limit the chance of catching diseases, eliminating them completely, and possibly stop aging, humanity can achieve things that were once thought as science

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