Genetic Engineering (GMO's)

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How could genetic engineering blur the fine line between ethical and unethical genetic technology?
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Background Information

  • Modifying DNA to get the ideal features in a child, plant, or animals
  • Very controversial topic
  • Only 48% of the public aware of genetic technologies
  • First discovered in the late 1960's
  • Embryonic stem cell research banned in 2001 and lifted in 2008

Benefits

  • Can eliminate the risk of birth defects
  • Creating perfect humans
  • Genes from plants with benefits can be added to other plants
  • Genetically modified food could contribute towards solving world hunger
  • Could help with vaccination for diseases like AIDS

Dangers

  • Not 100% safe
  • Loss of dignity
  • Unethical/against religious beliefs
  • Could result in diseases
  • Choosing gender could result in imbalance of genders
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Final Thoughts

Because many people see the benefits of genetic engineering, it will most likely become more common in the future. Some people will see it as unethical, but some people will see their friends with a genetically engineered child and want theirs to be perfect. So yes, over time the fine line between ethical and unethical genetic technology will be blurred, starting with genetic engineering.

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