Biotechnology Amendments

By: Trey Byers

1). You cannot experiment with someone else's DNA with out their permission.

This amendment protects rights #12 and #17. This amendment is necessary because it prevents scientists from experimenting on other people DNA without their permission.

Example: A scientist takes the DNA from a patient with a gallbladder infection, but he cannot use the DNA for testing until he/she has given permission from the patient.

2). Experiments need to be proven safe before run or tested on any human being.

This amendment protects rights #3: the right to life, and #4: The right to no torture. This amendment is important because it prevents scientists from running painful, dangerous, and maybe even fatal tests on any human being.

Example: If a scientist ran a test on a patient that has not been proven save, things could go wrong and the patient could possibly be running the risk of getting seriously injured or worse, death.

3). You cannot breach the pharmaceutical laws of biotechnology while experimenting.

This amendment doesn't really protect any specific rights, but I really felt like this should be made a rule because it limits and prevents scientists from creating dangerous drugs that can have brutal side effects that can be very harmful to the public.

Example: A scientist could put aside the pharmaceutical laws and create and distribute the drug to the public, but the drug could have dangerous side effects and harm one of the people that take them.

4). You cannot use human DNA to experiment with unless it is used for medical purpose or good use.

This amendment does not protect any specific rights, but it is very important because it makes sure that scientists can only experiment with biotechnology if they are trying to find cures and creating pharmaceuticals or for any good purpose.

Example: A scientist cannot just use a pigs DNA to make mutant pigs because it is a big waste of money, and is a waste of DNA just simply has no point.