Genetic Engineering: a Blessing or a Curse? Essay

1381 Words May 6th, 2002 6 Pages
Introduction
Science is a creature that continues to evolve at a much higher rate than the beings that gave it birth. The transformation time from plant, to ape, to human far exceeds the time from a calculator to a computer. However science in the past has always remained distant. It has allowed for advances in production, transportation, and even entertainment, but never in history has science be able to so deeply affect our lives as genetic engineering will undoubtedly do. With the new technology there will be, of course, people against it. People who are afraid that genetic engineering and cloning are nothing more than "toys of the devil". They fear that it is unsafe. However, I believe genetic engineering is a safe and powerful tool
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In essence, scientists aim to remove one gene from an organism's DNA, and place it into the DNA of another organism. This would create a new DNA strand, full of new envcoded instructions, instructions like I mentioned before whether or not a child will have brown or blue eyes. A strand that would have taken Mother Nature millions of years of natural selection to develop. Isolating and removing a desired gene from a DNA strand involves many different tools. Now that I've explained the scientific side of genetic engineering I thought it would be interesting to explore various viewpoints. Being a Devil's advocate, so to say.

Viewpoint 1
There's literally no limit to what you could do with genetic engineering. Once you have the understanding of how to control instructions given to cells, anything can de done. Like for example, take insulin, Insulin could be created by growing a certain bacteria. The supply of insulin is also not dependent on tissue samplings from animals.

Throughout the centuries disease has plagued the world, forcing everyone to take part in a virtual "lottery with the agents of death". Whether viral or bacterial in nature, such diseases are currently being dealt with vaccines and antibiotics. These treatments contain many unsolved problems. The difficulty with applying antibiotics to destroy bacteria is that it mutates, sometimes resulting in mutant

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