Essay about Gattaca and Jurassic Park

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The films Gattaca, directed by Andrew Niccol in 1997, and Jurassic Park, directed by Stephen Spielberg in 1993 seem like two films that have no connection. Gattaca is a film about a man, Vincent Freeman, overcoming his genetic disadvantage to become an astronaut. Jurassic Park on the other hand is a film about bringing dinosaurs back to life, while also causing massive chaos. However, despite these major differences in plot, both films are based on a similar idea, genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is defined as the process of directly affecting the genetic makeup of an individual using biotechnology. In fact despite having two totally different plots, Gattaca and Jurassic park approach the technology of genetic engineering from very …show more content…
Furthermore, females who meet up with a guy at a bar, can have the guy’s genetic material rated on site. That way the girl can see how superior the guy’s genetic material is. Overall the use of genetic engineering seems to have positive intentions thought the movie. Its original purpose was to help families create children that were clear of any genetic diseases the parents may have. However, as time has progressed, the technology has caused rifts in society, outlasting those who were not born by genetic engineering. Genetic superiority is the deciding factor in society. Those with superior genetic information get the best positions in life, while those with poor genetic information become outcasts. Therefore despite having positive intentions, the technology actually has a negative effect on society. While genetic engineering of human DNA has never been tried, the process is actually well defined. Today’s society actually genetically engineers many things, including corn, bananas and other crops. These are known at GMO’s or genetically Modified Organisms. GMO’s are very common in today’s society. The reason we genetically modify organisms are to either improve resilience to disease, increase yield, or to grow in less than stellar environments. While we have yet to genetically engineer a human, we are not far from being able to. The main reason preventing such a technology is ethics.

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