Genetic Engineering is Unethical
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genetic engineering is ethical or unethical.Genetic engineering is a technology that has been created to alter DNA of different species to try and make them more improved. This essay will discuss the eugenics, the religious point of view about genetic engineering, genetically modified food and the genetic screening of embryos. In this essay it will be said wether
During 1924 Hitler said that everyone needs to be blond hair, blue eyes and white. This is known as Eugenics, thanks to a new science known as biotechnology in a few decades? people can custom make their children. The DNA can be changed so that the child?s appearance is altered and if they had a disease the scientist can take out the disease that causes it. Just because scientists can take out a gene that causes the disease how do they know that another disease can be created? They don?t that?s why many people don?t believe in designer children.
If we start genetically modifying people ?We are going to have? as much knowledge? as much power as God.? In a way scientists that genetically modify do not have the right to do it. Scientists are considered to be playing God because they have come up with the technology and change species DNA so they look or behaviour completely different. Humans have forgotten that they are not God they cannot change people.
Genetically modifying food is an advantage for Australia because without genetically modified food we would not be able to maintain our role in agriculture. Genetically modified food grows faster, costs less and lasts longer. An argument put forward about genetically modified food is that because it is cheaper and more can be produced the poorer countries can have genetically modified food and hopefully less people will die. The problem with this is that to set up a place where food is genetically modified and to hire people to modify the food is very expensive and if they are poorer countries there is a big chance they can not afford it.
The procedure of genetic screening embryos allows the finding of a defective gene in an embryo. In many countries there is already a widespread programme to screen for the chromosome abnormality. Since this technology can change the information at the level of individual?
s people need to think if it is ethical. If you are screened and you find out you have a disease that will shorten your life span and there is no known cure. Would you live your life differently? Most likely you would. It can be ethical to screen the embryo to see if the child will have diseases but if you have the child and you know they are going to die in 5 years would you tell them?
This essay discussed the eugenics, the religious point of view about genetic engineering, genetically modified food and the genetic screening of embryos. This essay stated that genetic engineering is unethical.