Essay on The Role of Genetic Engineering in our Society
With today's technology in genetic engineering, it seems we can almost play God. Scientifically speaking, are we enabling our bodies to survive all the traumas of a hostile environment, or are we endangering future generations to a limiting gene pool? Spiritually speaking, are we improving our bodies to save more of God's people, or are we attempting to "perfect" God's creation, and damning ourselves? The technology of genetic engineering is advancing at a dizzying pace, but is the morality at which we guide our use of this technology evolving quickly enough?
The potentials of modifying our genes seem irresistible. Everything from cystic fibrosis to AIDS seems to be preventable, and we …show more content…
A Scientific Revolution
"There have been astounding recent findings on the exploration of the planets, the collision of the continents, the evolution of the human species, and the nature of the genetic code, which determines our heredity and makes us cousins to all other plants and animals on this planet. Recent findings on these questions can be understood by any intelligent person. Civilizations can be characterized by how people approach such questions, how they nurture the mind as well as the body. Many of the problems facing us may be soluble, but only if we are willing to embrace brilliant daring and complex solutions." --Carl Sagan
Quoted from a speech by Harold Varmus (1996), Carl Sagan can be remembered for his insight into the future. Sagan speaks of the importance of how we