The Pros and Cons of Gene Technology Essay

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Use of Gene Technology

The field of gene technology is an extremely vast and largely unknown one. Within it are many different sections of application and within these come many advantages and many disadvantages. It is a relatively new area of science and as such many people are unaware of the full potential of the applications of gene technology, or even the possible negative repercussions. This gives rise to questions such as, 'Is it right for us to play God?'

One of the largest areas of application of gene technology is in medicine. The first practical use of genetic engineering was to use bacteria as 'factories' to make substances that are useful to
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This extremely promising approach will require a lot of additional effort, but could change the lifes of millions of people.

There are other practical uses of gene technology in other areas, one being crime fighting. Before genetic fingerprinting was developed, scientists had to rely on identifying certain proteins in blood or body fluids, but now just a hair, a minute speck of blood or a drop of semen can serve as sources of DNA enough to damn or clear a suspect. The chances of these tests on the DNA being incorrect are infinitessimaly small and as such this technique has helped to track down hundreds of murderers, rapists and burglars just because of one small piece of evidence left at the scene of the crime.

A realistic target for gene technology would be to clone animals on the verge of extinction. Scientists have kept full copies of the DNA of animals such as rhinoceroses, tigers and condors so that maybe one day clones may be brought to life. There is an example of a clone of an animal, Dolly the sheep. However this clone died prematurely which could have been a side affect of the cloning. This is a very big issue, no-one is certain for sure whether there are side effects or not so this may not happen for years, or it may not even be

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