Essay on Why Genetic Engineering Should Not Be Used

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Why Genetic Engineering should not be used The main concern of most all the people who oppose genetic modification is the idea that it is unsafe to use in really any form, that there is not enough testing, and that anything that isn’t natural is bad to use. This thinking by most people have little to nothing to go on, except for that they don’t like the idea of putting altered food into their bodies. Really, one of the only reason a majority of people oppose genetic modification is because there is so much negative propaganda that isn’t even true, they usually do little to no research into genetic modification and take what they hear at face value. The reason for these blind accusations can best be described by a quote form (Joseph Gobbels), “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually believe it” (p. 1). Now that the misconceptions are out of the way, an actual problem that occurs from modifying genes of organisms, as said by Xu (2015), is unforeseen allergies to the added proteins genetically altered food (Xu, 2015, p. 1) This problem is derived from the fact that when a person is allergic to something, they are not allergic to the entire organism as a whole, but only a few protein strands from the organism’s genetic code. This becomes a problem with the genetic modification of medicine and food, especially if they are not labeled as genetically modified or what was modified.

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