Genetic Engineering and Restraint
A paper which argues that restraint should be used in the field of genetic engineering to prevent the endangering of life forms.
# 23614 | 2,568 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Apr 17, 2003 in Biology (Molecular and Cell) , Engineering (Bioengineering) , Biology (Genetics) , Biology (Bioethics)
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Today the advancements in science have made possible the selective study of the individual segments of the DNA of a particular species, to isolate them and to infuse them in the DNA of a totally different organism. The paper shows that genetic engineering can be viewed as a breakthrough in the study of organisms that effectively disintegrates the distinctions that exists in the different species of the world. The advancements in recombinant DNA technology have expedited the research in genetics. This paper analyzes the subject of genetic engineering and in the process analyzes its pros and cons and its future implications.
From the Paper:"Genetic engineering is a fast growing field, which is rapidly removing the species boundaries. Genetic engineering appears to be the solution for all genetically inherited disorders. With the rapid advent of bio-chip technology we are in for a paradigm shift in medical diagnosis. Gene manipulation is nothing short of altering the fundamental life code and unless sufficient care is exercised it may lead to disastrous consequences. With all the proposed advantages genetic engineering is still a debatable subject with the scientific fraternity sharing mixed opinion on the subject. Unless we are very sure about the safety and the precautions of inter-species transfer of genetic material there is every chance that we might end up endangering ourselves and other forms of life on earth. Leaving alone the other issues the very thought of playing with nature is quite unsettling."
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