Genetic Engineering

Part 15 of the NOVA Special “Cracking the Code of Life” briefly mentions the possibility of genetic engineering. While the special mentioned the fact that we are not able to modify our genes yet, it is a very possible future. I feel like genetic engineering is often thought of as being wrong for many different reasons, but I say “Why not?” Genetic engineering can have many uses such as making crops grow in areas that are not suited for them. Scientists could invent crops that can be grown in the harshest parts of the planet where nothing grows in order to use more of the land that we have on Earth. They can create crops that are resistant to certain pests etc. The possibilities are amazing. We just need to encourage the research.

The most controversial thing about genetic engineering is the fact that humans would, in theory, be able to choose certain traits to pass on to their offspring. That means that the chance for disease would be greatly reduced. Genetic engineering would also increase the amount of years that we are able to live, allowing more people to live for at least a hundred years! I feel like there is nothing wrong with being able to choose which characteristics to pass onto my offspring. It wouldn’t make them less special just because they weren’t created the natural way with a random chance of getting certain genes.  Most parents want the best for their children, so why are so many people against genetic engineering? I feel like it’s just another way to ensure we provide a good future for our children. I know that religion plays a very big role against genetic engineering, but leaving that aside, what is so wrong with giving the best of you to your children?

-Tennant

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~ by Tennant on January 31, 2010.

One Response to “Genetic Engineering”

  1. That is a bold statement! I don’t think there is anything wrong with giving the best of you to your children. But what do you consider the best? And the scientific community does not have a proper handle of what genes lead to which diseases. In fact, some gene variants, which may raise one’s risk of a certain disease, may reduce one’s risk of another. I think our understanding of the complex nature of how all the biological processes operate is no small feat and we have only made a small dent.

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