Advantages and Disadvantages of Genetic Engineering

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Genetic Engineering / Advantages and Disadvantages

During the latter stage stages of the 20th century, man harnessed the power of the atom, and not long after, soon realised the power of genes. Genetic engineering is going to become a very mainstream part of our lives sooner or later, because there are so many possibilities advantages (and disadvantages) involved. Here are just some of the advantages :

* Disease could be prevented by detecting people/plants/animals that are genetically prone to certain hereditary diseases, and preparing for the inevitable. Also, infectious diseases can be treated by implanting genes that code for antiviral proteins specific to each antigen.

* Animals and plants can be 'tailor made' to show desirable
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They support this argument saying that it would be unnatural and in some religions would be unacceptable. Society an human evolution would change completely.
To sum up, both sides have strong arguments to support their opinions. As far as my opinion is concerned genetic engineering can bring to humans longer and healthier lives. However there is a thin line between what is ethical and what not
What are the disadvantages of genetic engineering? * 5 years ago
Best Answer - Chosen by Voters
1. probably it would be costly
2. a single mistake has devastating repercussions
3. it borders on the issue of ethics and morality
4. an increasing demand for genetic modification which effetively increases discontentment for the self or for the original genetic configuration of an organism
5. prospect of creating new species might create natural imbalances especially on the habitats and feeding habits of other animals (by creating a new species, competition might arise, or it might be a predator to a prey who are already endangered, or for its own survival, it might need to destroy the habitats of others)
6. unexpected but undetected mutations can generally alter the future in unpleasant ways.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of genetic engineering?
Answer:
advantages :

1. Disease could be prevented by detecting people/plants/animals that are genetically prone to certain hereditary
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