Gene Reproductive Research Advantages And Disadvantages

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Ningkang Zhang
LS 201-05

In this paper, I will discuss the earthshaking but controversial technology, gene editing of human reproductive cells. Gene editing of human reproductive cell is using special technology like clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (shorten by CRISPER) to edit the gene manually before the reproductive transplanted to mother’s womb. In 2014, Chinese scientist Huang, J published his paper about the gene editing of human zygote of triprokaryote which is a cell like embryo but cannot grow up to a normal fetus. His research led to heated discussion on whether this technology should be studied. This research could bring epic medical and scientific value, it could put an end to several tough hereditary diseases including thalassemia and sickle cell disease, which are hard to cured with traditional medical technology. Conversely, it still has several disadvantages, the research will lead to several ethic controversies and the application could result in dangerous social issue. Currently, in science community, the feasibility and the potential risks of this technology are under heated discussion, and it is hard to come into a common agreement. Based on current science condition and common perceive, nowadays, I don’t think the research and application should be supported because in my view, some of the disadvantages are not acceptable and some potential risks are unaffordable. In my view, scientists shouldn’t go on with the further research
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