Genetic Engineering

Should it be tried on humans?

Background Information

  • Modification of DNA in a laboratory
  • Improves an organism, or changes it in some way
  • Order of DNA strands is changed
  • Started with synthetic human insulin in 1982
  • GM food started with Flavor Saver in 1994
  • Also called gene splicing, genetic modification/manipulation(GM) and recombinant DNA technology


  • Organs can last longer in other species, if DNA is combined
  • Can cure disease or make organisms resistant to a disease
  • Can help people fit in


  • Bring back discimination
  • Reduce children
  • Can make animals growing fast uncomfortable
  • Could work fine, then quickly turn into something bad
  • Animals with DNA from more than one species could be experimented on


  • Ruppy(below). Transgenic dog, with genes of a sea anemone.
  • A pig heart, with human DNA, put into a primate has stayed healthy longer than non-GM hearts
  • GM food products, chickens and pigs growing faster than their organs, or legs, to produce more food.
  • Characteristics causing injury removed, e.g. cbulls born with no horns.
  • There are currently 15 genetically modified humans, in their teenage years.


I, personally, think genetic modification can be tried on humans, depending on what the modification is. I am okay with preventing diseases, but do not believe there should be 'designer babies', or babies where traits are chosen specifically. GMs should be used for good, not to show superiority. I would like to know the full extent of genetic engineering. Can it go beyond choosing traits?


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