Genetic Engineering Essay
The main plot of the novel “Dawn” is that of an African American woman, Lilith Lyapo, who awakes from a centuries-long sleep, and finds herself aboard the vast living spaceship of the Oankali. Alien creatures who are covered in writhing tentacles, the Oankali saved every surviving human from a dying, ruined Earth. They healed the planet, cured cancer, increased human strength and disease resistance, and were now ready to help Lilith lead her people back to Earth. But there is a price. For the Oankali were genetic engineers. DNA manipulators. Gene traders. They planned to give us their alien ness. They planned to take their humanity.
Through this novel, I have an interest in ‘genetic engineer’. What is genetic …show more content…
What is genetic engineering? In the mid 1970s, the technology of genetic engineering had become so advanced that we could look forward to the time when we could build organisms as easily as we build computers today. Genetic engineering and biotechnology are considered to be amongst the most powerful and economically promising technological means for use in many areas. Genetic knowledge in combination with recombinant-DNA techniques have proved to be powerful technological instruments in many sectors of society. The term genetic engineering is often thought to be rather emotive or even trivial, yet it is probably the label that most people would recognize. The book An Introduction To Genetic Engineering said, “Although there are many diverse and complex techniques involved, the basic principles of genetic manipulation are reasonably simple. The premise on which the technology is based is that genetic information, encoded by DNA and arranged in the form of genes, is a resource which can be manipulated in various ways to achieve certain goals in both pure and applied science and medicine” (Nicholl, pg. 1).
Genetic engineering involves taking genes from one living organism and