Genetic Engineering - Genetics and the Future of Medicine Essay

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Genetics and the Future of Medicine Around the world and all through time that man-kind has walked the earth, medicines have been used to cure a variety of diseases and disorders. The field of medicine has made astonishing advancements from the times of Voo Doo and “medicines” simply being successful due to the placebo effect, to the current studies of medicine that physically cure. Today’s pharmaceutical industry is said to be “one size fits all”, in the belief that one kind of medication for a certain problem, is the right medicine for everyone. This idea could be part of the distant past. Using genetics, a certain kind of medicine could be prescribed so that there are no gene inducing side effects, and to receive the best…show more content…
Genetics is helping to answer questions about why some drugs work better on certain people, and why others suffer tragic side effects. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in 1998 estimating that 2.2 million people had negative effects from prescription drugs, and of the 2.2 million, roughly 106,000 died. According to Dale Pfost, the president and CEO of the Princeton Orchid Biosciences, the pharmaceutical industry withholds a major secret. Pfost claims that the industry spends more money on curing people who have bad reactions to drugs, as opposed to developing drugs that will not have the side effects. Within the next five years, tests that find what kind of individuals will have a harmful reaction will be used to develop new drugs. Eventually, as technology expands, scientists will have enough knowledge about genes to be able to cure genetic disorders. The idea of solving this puzzle sounds pleasant, however, with every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, meaning that along with the perks of fixing genetic diseases, problems will follow behind. This is discussed thoroughly in the article titled “Shaping Priorities in Genetic Medicine,” written by Philip Boyle. Though there are many advantages to the use of genetics in medicine, some people have the belief that the cure is worse than the disease. Stemming off from the positive side of genetic curing are ideas and possibilities that would harm people rather
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