Evolution of Human Characteristics Essay

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Human characteristics have evolved all throughout history and have been manipulated on a global scale through the use of science and technology. Genetic modification is one such process in which contemporary biotechnology techniques are employed to develop specific human characteristics. Despite this, there are a countless number of negative issues related with genetic modification including discrimination, ethical issues and corruption. Hence, genetic modification should not be used to enhance human characteristics.

Firstly, a concerning issues related with the enhancement of characteristics through genetic means is discrimination in society. The text “Flowers for Algernon” epitomizes discrimination, where the protagonist Charlie Gordon
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Furthermore, Vincent is denied of a career in space due to his genetic imperfections. This exposes the fact that Vincent is discriminated by various demographics purely based on his genetic structure.
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Secondly, there are numerous ethical issues associated with genetic modification. Genetic modification is known as the transferral of genes from one organism to another and is a process by which organisms are given a new composition of genes and thus a new composition of traits which cannot be established naturally (insert reference). At the same time, altering genes forever changes the “nature of human life and human society” and “destabilises human biology”. In addition, this without doubt “crosses the boundary” is “unnatural”, “immoral” and “plays the role of god” which breaches religious legislations (insert reference). In fact, genetic modification in this era is used by parents to preselect their children’s traits which crosses the boundary of human nature and is highly immoral. This is indisputably portrayed in the Gattaca where the geneticist states that Vincent’s parents have specified “hazel eyes, dark hair [and] fair skin” for their second child and the fact that their geneticist has “taken the liberty of eradicating any potentially prejudicial conditions” (insert reference). The modification of human characteristics is questioned by the quote at the beginning of the film “Consider god’s handiwork: [who] can straighten [who] he hath

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