Genetics Essay Research Paper Today there is

Genetics Essay, Research Paper

Today there is not a person in the United States is familiar

with Dolly the lamb. She is one of the many new advances made

in genetic engineering. Genetic testing is being done all over the

world and scientists are all after the same goal. Tremendous

amount of funds have been spent to help researchers reach their

goal in genetic engineering. It is now being forested that

genetically ailing diseases could be wiped out along with famine

and partial poverty. Genetic engineering may be able to help cure

diseases and suffering, but there are drawbacks to it that we must


The whole idea behind genetic testing came from scientists.

Although we have all heard of the scientist who goes mad in his

laboratory. Lets be real though genetic testing already has played

a role in many peoples lives. This new form of genetic testing cold

possibly begin saving future family generations. If the gene could

be found to prevent terminal illness in future generations many

lives would be saved and who wouldn?t want that. Carol Krause,

a former cancer survivor, and medical journalist who states ? I

live in horror that I might have passed this on to my ten year old

son?(202). This form of genetic testing could help from preventing

so many radical forms of treatment such as Chemotherapy. This

could help families see the potential that this is only one of

possibilities that genetic engineering will have to offer.

Genetic testing on the human genome could solve part of the

mystery of life. With careful study of the human genome scientists

could begin to understand why we work and operate the way we

do. Looking carefully at the genome scientists could begin to see

new medical insights which could lead to new forms of treatments

for patients as well as diagnosis. With this study undergoing

genetic testing could reveal an extensive amount of information

about a patient. This form of testing could let a patient know

whether or not he or she is prone to alcoholism. Also it could let

someone know if they posses a gene for cancer or any other

terminal illness. Not only will this form of testing demonstrate

what the patient may carry it will give them an option to add

modification it. As the Economist, a British weekly magazine, puts

it ?Knowing thyself is not always a comfortable process. But it is

better than ignorance?(224). So is it better to know that you

might get a disease or not? I suppose it depends on the individual.

The testing could let a couple know whether not to want to have

children based on the results. If the child was for sure going to

get a brain disease at a young age then the parents may choose

not to have children.

Genetic engineering isn?t all glamour. There are many forms

of genetic engineering. People must look into moral and religious

aspects of this. In my own personal religion most of the genetic

testing methods would be frowned upon considered immoral and

against Gods plan. You must wonder if all the power and

advances is actually worth it. What is to happen if genetic

engineering gets out of hand. Life doesn?t have a rewind button

and can?t be simply taken back. If the testing gets out of control

where will that leave all the innocent by standers. When and who

is to say enough is enough. The one must wonder how are

scientists going to find volunteers to do research. They won?t,

instead they will use animals as a tool guide. Andrew Kimbrell

published a paper ? The Animals? Agenda? in it he announced

?Unfortunately, too many scientists and corporations and the

federal government continue to ignore the animal suffering and

the ethical questions that surround the genetic engineering of

animals?(184). This is a cruel and inhumane way to treat a living

a creature. Why exactly are all these tests even being performed?

Ruth Hubbard, a professor at Harvard and Elijah Wald freelance

writer refutes in their paper Genetic Testing Threatens Society: ?Despite

the complexities revealed by current research, molecular biologists

have been increasingly successful in persuading society at large

that ill health should, and can, be viewed as primarily a genetic

problem?(193). If health care facilities find it a problem then will

that allow health care to be denied? Genetic testing does have its


There will not be any easy form of agreement when it comes

to genetic engineering. There will always be the benefits on one

hand and the drawbacks on the other. Hopefully, we will begin

to see advances in technology because as of right now no one is

going to see too much because of the technology rate we are at. It

would be scary to see some sort of genetic mishap and wind up

having a scenario like Steven Kings movie The Stand. This of course

is taking things to the extreme. We must wonder why we will be

allowed to have all this ability? Are we playing God or indeed is

God playing us



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