“Genetic Engineering”

Abby Black, Staff Writer

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As our world has started to change, technology has progressed along with it.  This technology has allowed us to genetically improve the quality of life in organisms also known as genetic engineering.  While many people are against this idea of changing genetics, there are some who are excited to learn more about this new technology.

It is clearly a bad idea to perform genetic engineering.  When trying to modify genetics, it is easy to see how this could lead to defects and limit diversity.

Many people have a hard time with the ethical side of this problem.  It is easy to wonder if this is right.  Many religious people could support that this could be destroying God’s plan for life and can lead to very strong consequences.  Others wonder if it is ethical to try and change organisms for fear that it could physically or emotionally hurt the organisms.  One can also argue that organisms are made just like they are for a specific reason and changing this could mess with the natural chain of organisms.

Changing genetic material in organisms that humans eat can cause bad effects on the human body.  For example, changing a gene in a plant or animal can suddenly cause an allergic reaction in a human that has never happened to that person before.  This can cause many deaths in people when they eat something that has never hurt them before.  They would not know that what they were experiencing a reaction because it has never happened before.  This can cause significant dangers to humans.

This can also limit genetic diversity by changing genes specific to one type of plant.  This will not benefit the plants because no plant will be immune if they are all the same.  Plants survive on being all genetically different.  If one type of plant catches some type of disease, another type will not possibly catch it.  If genetic diversity was not present, all plants would be affected by the same things and would not be able to survive.

Although there are many negatives to genetic engineering, a positive would be the ability to defeat diseases that are lifelong, such as Type I Diabetes.  People with this type of Diabetes cannot produce insulin on their own.  Through the process of genetic engineering, scientists have come up with an insulin like that found in humans from yeast and bacteria.  This result was named Humulin and was licensed for human use in 1982.  This, however, could be dangerous as Humulin is not exactly like insulin.  This could cause problems in the bodies of some.

Solving this issue is very simple.  Genetic engineering must not be allowed to be used in humans.  If it should be continued, then it should only be allowed in labs for experiment purposes only.  The issue is not that people are curious.  The issue is that many people today want to somewhere “save the world”.  This could create some very serious problems if people allow this to continue to be available to humans.

This may seem like humans have advanced a lot, but it appears it is a step back.  When will technology be enough?  Is this worth the risk of possibly killing other humans?  It is time for people to realize that this is too far.