Essay on The Morality Of Genetic Engineering

3397 Words Nov 25th, 2014 14 Pages
Mathew Sarsfield
Miss Cooper
Senior Project
4 May 2014
The Morality of Genetic Engineering
In 2002, a lesbian couple tried to conceive a child who was deaf. Being deaf themselves, they wanted to have a child that shared their disability because they did not view deafness as a disability, but rather as a gift. They had previously succeeded in having a deaf daughter, and were trying to have a son this time. Since they could not have a child themselves, they looked toward a friend who had many generations of deafness in his family, and used his sperm in artificial insemination to conceive a deaf child (Savulescu). The couple described tried to use genetic engineering in order to design a child that suited their preferences. This instance could lead to a pattern of using genetic engineering on humans in order to design and manipulate the human body. The pattern could expand beyond simply changing a person’s physical characteristics and seep into mental and psychological traits. Genetic engineering is a science that has the ability to change the world, but whether for the benefit of the human race or to be a herald of its destruction is to be decided.
Genetic engineering became a popular topic of debate around 1996. This spark of interest was caused by the first successful cloning of a mammal, Dolly the sheep. Since then, people have become increasingly worried about the field of genetic engineering, and what the science would become in the future. Genetic engineering is the…

Related Documents

3x3 Eyes Episode 3 English Dubbed | Nhạc Nhật | The Pros & Cons of Media. - 417 Words