Genetic Engineering: A Blessing or a Curse? Essay

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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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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 dependant 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 bacterium which is resistant to antibiotics.

This indestructible bacterial wages war on the human body. Genetic engineering is conquering this problem by utilising diseases that target bacteria. These diseases are viruses, named bacteriophages, "which can be produced to attack specific disease-causing bacteria". Much success has already been obtained by treating animals with a

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