Essay on A Look at Gene Therapy

1264 Words 6 Pages
Would you consider altering your DNA if it could save your life? Scientist have been working on gene therapy since the 1970's, this biotechnological form of medicine is the attempt to medically modify cells to help eliminate or prevent diseases by correcting defective genes. Imagine the possibilities of having your DNA tested for heritable diseases and being able to eliminate such diseases from your future.
From 1990-2003 the Department of Energy coordinated a project called the Human Genome Project, in which it asked, "Why screen for individuals at increased risk for genetic diseases who do not exhibit symptoms? On the pro or benefit side, we want to reduce morbidity and mortality. The idea is, if we could find the disease early before
…show more content…
Would you consider altering your DNA if it could save your life? Scientist have been working on gene therapy since the 1970's, this biotechnological form of medicine is the attempt to medically modify cells to help eliminate or prevent diseases by correcting defective genes. Imagine the possibilities of having your DNA tested for heritable diseases and being able to eliminate such diseases from your future.
From 1990-2003 the Department of Energy coordinated a project called the Human Genome Project, in which it asked, "Why screen for individuals at increased risk for genetic diseases who do not exhibit symptoms? On the pro or benefit side, we want to reduce morbidity and mortality. The idea is, if we could find the disease early before symptoms were present, we could avoid much pain and suffering by modifying the course of the disease through treatment and changes in lifestyle; we could increase the life span and perhaps provide a better quality of life." (Oak Ridge National Laboratory [ORNL], 2002). Although gene therapy has been studied and trialed it is still in its infancy, as it has yet to be fully approved for widespread use. Looking at the benefits and risks, along with social concern, what is the future of gene therapy? The funding of the Human Genome Project paved the way for future gene therapies. This project allowed scientist to research the makeup of the body and understand the DNA sequence. Gene therapy is the modification of a gene and introducing the

More about Essay on A Look at Gene Therapy

Open Document