Is genetic engineering helpful or harmful for society?
What is Genetic Engineering?
Background Information of Genetic Engineering
- Genes control hair color, height, health problems, etc.
- 1980- Genetically engineered bacteria made to help clean up oil spills
- 1994- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the Flavr Savr tomato for sale
- 1999- Over 100 million acres worldwide are planted with genetically engineered seeds.
- 2005- Scientist did a test on rats to observe the effects of eating genetically engineered foods. There were changes in blood compostion and kidney size
- 2007- Scientist in Korea made glow in the dark cats
Pros of Genetic Engineering
- Genetically engineered crops could be immune to bugs while being healthy enough for human consumption (cabbage)
- When they are on store shelves, they last longer without spoiling
- Some GMOs can help with problems like oil spills.
- Genetic engineeering could lead to the cure of some diseases like Parkinson's Disease
- Plants can grow faster
- Take bad illnesses from mother's egg so that it wiil not be tranferred to baby
- Humulin insulin is produced by genetically engineered E. coli bacteria
- Genetic engineering can make food healthier
Cons of Genetic Engineering
- "Gene doping" can become a problem (Schwarzenegger Mice)
- People who have had genetic engineering done on them could affect their offspring in a bad way
- "Critics say it's playing god"- CNN Newsroom
- Genetic engineering could make food unhealthy, despite it being tastier and more pleasing to the eye
- Using genetic engineering as a theraputic solution may resolve one problem, but also may cause another
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