Bio-Genetics

Hannah St., Meg R., Jackie W., Taylor T., Jake J.

Introduction

The ability to reconstruct the human genome seems impractical to say the least, but in this day and age of technology, modern scientists have successfully proven its possibilities. If there is a possibility of choosing the traits people deem desirable in a child, a new race, or even a super race, the division between social classes could increase drastically, leading to an unbreachable gap between the “desirable” rich and the “undesirable” poor. However, bioengineering could also have a positive effect on humanity’s health and wellness. Bioengineering may lead to many possibilites, both positive and negative.

Negative Effect on Social Classes

At first glance this modification might seem as a way for social classes to divide more, but when looked at more closely, if it falls into the wrong hands, it can become a world disaster. Instead of living life everyday to the fullest, citizens will constant worry of if they are better than everyone else and if not what will happen. The genetic modifications will destroy all the progress society has made in trying to create equal rights and will then further the gap between social classes.

Negative Effect on Selection of Offspring

Although not commonly offered to the public, today's bioengineering technology allows parents to select the physical and mental characteristics of their children. Parents will soon have the power to create a star athlete, an academic genius, or a jaw-dropping hottie. This technology brings up multiple concerns because children will no longer have the power to discover their own gifts and talents.

Positive Effect on Curing Diseases

Supporters of bio genetics point to the potential advancements in the medical field as an incentive to continue working on the human genome. The controversy behind this method is that the research comes from experimenting on stem cells, which comes largely from fetuses. Genetic engineering offers the possibility to eliminate Parkinson’s, Hodgkin's, and heart diseases in future generations, by simply modifying the genes that carry this trait before they have the opportunity to multiply. This offers the possibility for a safer, healthier generation.

Wrapping It Up

This field of genetic enhancement has the ability to alter today's society. Although bioengineering may be able to lead to many advantages, manipulating the human genome is a very controversial idea as well, considering the ethical concern. However, bioengineering could also affect humanity positively through curing diseases. Bioengineering may have a negative effect in regard to the future of social classes and selection of offspring, but may have a positive effect in regard to curing diseases and affecting the future of human health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some people have no idea what human bioengineering is, let alone what modifying human genomes entails and often ask these types of questions. Should bioengineering be legal and released as an option to the public? Will the state of humanity be brought into question? Are we crossing the species boundaries? How would the world’s society as a whole be affected? How could this growth of technology influence the general public’s view of genetic manipulation? Is science possibly overstepping it’s own boundaries? Are scientists playing too large of a role in whether parents are able to choose certain characteristics in their offspring?

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