Designing Life Argumentative Essay

Designing Life
An argument against genetically engineering a human life.
# 154164 | 772 words | 3 sources | 2015 | US
Published on Apr 21, 2015 in English (Argument) , Child, Youth Issues (General) , Ethics (General)


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Scientific advances have led to the ability to genetically engineer our babies to potentially make the "perfect human". Genetic engineering involves a very invasive process where a scientist actually has to dissect the DNA of an embryo and alter it accordingly. The vision with this type of advancement is that we will be able to rid the world of harmful genetic disorders and diseases, but what's going to stop science from superficially shaping an embryos DNA to make a perfect-looking human? Where should we draw the line? Although this is a huge breakthrough in genetics, ethically this type of invasive procedure is wrong. Science is flirting with the line of "playing God" and we need to look at the long-term effects that this type of genetic modeling will have on the baby (the human being engineered).

From the Paper:

"Scientific advances have led to the ability to genetically engineer our babies to potentially make the "perfect human". Genetic engineering involves a very invasive process where a scientist actually has to dissect the DNA of an embryo and alter it accordingly. The vision with this type of advancement is that we will be able to rid the world of harmful genetic disorders and diseases, but what's going to stop science from superficially shaping an embryos DNA to make a perfect-looking human? Where should we draw the line? Although this is a huge breakthrough in genetics, ethically this type of invasive procedure is wrong. Science is flirting with the line of "playing God" and we need to look at the long-term effects that this type of genetic modeling will have on the baby (the human being engineered).
"Genetic engineering is such an important breakthrough in the world of science because it does have some very positive effects pertaining to the human genome. With genetic mapping we can target certain "dud genes" and swap them out with better genes to avoid harmful disease, and this has already been successfully done. If a family with a history of HIV wants to conceive a child of their own, science can now look at the parents' genetics and find the chance of the baby contracting the disease. If it is found that the baby in question has the gene for HIV, it is said that it can then be removed and ideally cure the infant. Genetic engineering is used to overcome infertility, but results in the offspring carrying three different parent's DNA. Aging is also a huge sector in genetic studies, and if we can prevent the telomeres at the end of our chromosomes from shortening then we can slow down the process of aging. This is not a physical necessity to living as much as it is superficially wanted luxury."

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