~Genetic~ ~Engineering~

ELA P6

~Essential Question~

Should we use genetics to modify organs to keep a human alive longer than average?

~ What is Genetic Engineering? ~

Genetic Engineering is...

  • The practice of rearranging an organism's genes to make a change to the way that it body works or attack disease.
  • Types of Genetic Engineering are selective breeding, artificial selection, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and gene manipulation.


More Background information


  • Genetic Engineering started in the late 1960's


  • The first genetic experiments was done on bacteria, viruses and plasmids.


  • The true founders of Genetic Engineering were american biochemists Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer

~ Pros ~

Some pros of Genetic Engineering are...

  • Genetics can help change and modify human's genes for the good of the people like a cure of certain cancers in cells and tissues.

  • Most diseases and illnesses can be prevented through keeping the exact gene that causes them away from other genes through isolation.

  • Infectious diseases can be treated by using genetic engineering. This is done by implanting the genes that are related with antigen and antiviral proteins.


  • Genetic engineering has the ability to increase the genetic diversity as well as produce different alleles that can be implanted to other species.


  • It is also possible to change the heredity of the wheat plants and grow insulin.

~ Cons ~

Some cons of Genetic Engineering are...

  • Gene therapy on humans can end to some side effects. While relieving one problem, the treatment may cause the onset of another issue.


  • Cloning might be unfavorable to individualism


  • Genetic Engineering is extremely expensive and the poor can not afford it.


  • People may question if man has the right to interfere with the law of nature.


  • It is a risky process and a lot of mistakes can be made that could be irreversible.
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~ Conditions treated with Genetics ~

  • Medical scientists now know of about 3,000 disorders that happen because of problems in a person's DNA.

  • Restoration of youthful gene expression would enable cells, tissues, and organs to grow younger as opposed to the aging of cells that now occurs. This would help people live longer, if they can afford it.

  • Genetic engineering makes it possible for scientists to give people who lack a certain gene with correct copies of that gene.

Some conditions that genetic engineering can help are:
  • Sickle-cell anemia, Tay-Sachs disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Huntington's chorea, cystic fibrosis, and Lesch-Nyhan syndrome.

An example of how Human Gene therapy can be beneficial:

A girl in 1990 with a disease caused by a defect in a single gene was treated in the following way: Some of her blood was taken, and the missing gene was copied and inserted into her own white blood cells, then the blood was returned to her body. If the correct gene begins to function, the genetic disorder may be cured.

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~ Conclusion ~

I think Genetic Engineering is a positive thing, it should be allowed everywhere. I think curing diseases, cancers, mental and physical conditions and illnesses that make life either hard for a person, painful or can even kill them is a great idea. I also think that if someone is willing to take the risk to modify their genes then they should be allowed to do it as long as they know the consequences and effect of making a life changing decision. I wish that one day it would be available and safe for every person regardless if they are poor or not, especially if it could save their life!

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