Should Any Limits Be Placed on Scientific Developments? Essay

1879 Words Feb 18th, 2002 8 Pages
Man, powered by his imagination and inquisitive character, has wondered he mechanisms of Nature since time infinite. This quest for the truth, the ways in which his surrounding works, has led to many a scientific discoveries and innovations. Since the art of making fire and creating handcrafted tools, our civilization has come a long way. Science and Technology are making advances at an amazing rate. From telephones to the Internet, calculators to computers, cars to rockets and satellites, we are submerged in a sea of discoveries and inventions made possible by Science. Fields like Medicine and communications have made inroads into our cultures and thus our lifestyles.

So vast is the impact of Science in our lives, that people fear the
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Science has just provided us with simpler ways that are not tough on the patients themselves. This in my opinion is no justification but the fact. Further man controls the use of any technology. It is a question of ethics of the person resorting to such means. If there is enough reason and rationale behind it, then it can be judged as an act of mercy. On the other hand, an abuse of this technology is nothing but a murder. Even if it results in a few cases of abuse of this science, we cannot possibly discount it as evil because it is its use that is bad.

There has been a lot of discussion and hype surrounding the recently unveiled Human Genome Project. As one of the researchers puts it, "It has opened a library of life which might take at least a century to explore". With such a huge database at our command, there is no telling where scientific developments might lead us next. The mission of the Genome Project is to identify the thousands of genes found in man, determine their scientific sequences, interpret the data to find solutions to some of the unsolved questions on human life. Though finding facts about our bodies is it's main emphasis, it would also look into the possible ethical and legal consequences of unveiling such data to humankind.

The project has been speculated to stop and even reverse the aging process. In short,

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