What should happen is that our race as a whole, no man left behind, should evolve forcibly. Some may say that we are playing God, but I believe that if God truly exists, then he not only allows us to better ourselves, he wants us to. Through human genetic engineering, we can create people smarter, stronger, and more equipped to survive the universe.
Although the atrocious Nazi experiments performed in the name of science are 70 years behind us, science continues to cross new boundaries.
An advancing science that is currently forcing society to re-evaluate ethical boundaries is genetic engineering. So far, the study and application of genetic engineering has been much slower, more complex, and less effective in humans than in plants and animals.
Genetically modified plants and animals have led to significant benefits, such as herbicide resistant crops and fast-growing animals.
In humans, researchers have predicted that gene therapy will not only allow us to treat and prevent debilitating diseases an elusive goal for scientists over the past 20 yearsbut also enhance or improve normal human traits. Should we have the right to enhance our muscles, memory and moods through genetic modification?
At what point should genetic engineering be forced to draw a line? The answer to this is tricky. Although still mainly limited to science fiction, genetic enhancement in humans is a controversial issue.
Personally, I find it easier to agree that disease prevention and treatment are beneficial goals of genetic engineering in humans, than for me to accept human enhancement as a morally acceptable goal. However, we do not yet grasp the full extent of what genetic engineering means for human development.
Instead of demanding immediate draconian controls, a vigorous concurrent moral debate should occur to provide a framework within which genetic engineering can progress.
Good research-based policy decisions should result from the continuous and simultaneous review of advancements in genetic engineering as studied from an analysis of their ethical and social consequences. Science should raise ethical issues and ethical issues should influence science, thus creating a healthy tension between genetic engineering research and ethical checks and boundaries, and hopefully avoiding potential harmful consequences of unmonitored science through this balanced approach.Recently, genetic engineering’s potential power increased when Craig Venter, a famous geneticist and entrepreneurs, recreated a living organism out of synthetic chemicals.
His success proved to genetic engineers that functioning genomes can be made purely of synthetic chemicals. Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering ‘Genetic engineering’ is the process to alter the structure and nature of genes in human beings, animals or foods using techniques like molecular cloning and transformation.
THE GENETIC ENGINEERING DEBATE (v) compiled by Roberto Verzola email: [email protected] 0. MAJOR CHANGES Arguments that are specific to particular GE traits like. Genetic Engineering and Its Dangers Compiled by Professor Ron Epstein I originally constructed this web site primarily for the benefit of the students in my classes at San Francisco State University, from which I am now retired.
Instead of demanding immediate draconian controls, a vigorous concurrent moral debate should occur to provide a framework within which genetic engineering can progress. Risks of genetic engineering. Anastasia is Policy Director of Biology Fortified, Inc.
and the Co-Executive Editor of the Biofortified Blog. She has a PhD in genetics with a minor in sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University.
Her favorite produce is artichokes!