Essay about Genetic Engineering: Pros and Cons

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Our world has finally begun its long-predicted descent into the depths of chaos. We may not yet realize it, but more and more problems plague the very state of our humanity with each passing day, such as cancer, famine, genetic disorders, and social elitism. It seems as though there is little hope, although a new solution has finally emerged, in the form of genetic engineering. It is apparent, however, that currently we cannot proceed, because while there are an abundant amount of advantages to genetic engineering, it is not a utopian process; criticism includes its practicality, theological implications, and changes in modern social structure. From a purely political aspect, genetic engineering brings about a heavy debate about whether or …show more content…
The benefits of genetic engineering definitely have the potential to substantially progress the state of our world.
One notable advantage to genetic engineering is that it has the capability to cure diseases, and would “enable parents to avoid the emotional hardships and economic burdens that accompany the birth of a child with an incurable disease” (Ren). Though this directly brings up many ethical concerns, proponents of genetic engineering argue that the process simply allows humans to take part in the natural process of evolution, and is therefore morally permissible. The idea that genetic engineering allows for the curing of such diseases as sickle cell and cystic fibrosis, they say, outweighs any possible ethical concern. In addition, this aspect in itself is in not purposely unethical; it solves a problem that has afflicted civilization since we have first existed (Rollin). The ability to control the health of an organism in this way has many utopian implications; for example, humans would be able to make themselves perfect and eliminate inequality.
Giving humans the power to manipulate genes could result in a social evolution. Allowing parents to choose traits would enable newer, better, stronger genes to be passed on from generation

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