Genetic Engineering Pros And Cons

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Genetic Engineering on humans in the U.S. is a widely debated topic on whether it should be permitted in the U.S. or not. Genetic engineering is defined as processes that allow the changes of genes in an organism. The reason for the critical debate originates from the ethical and moral viewpoints that each side holds. Whether it be the potential benefits of changing an individuals genes for the better or to ensure that individuals live without debilitating diseases. Others argue that people should not tamper with things that they do not know, such as the consequences for their actions and additional worries about the potential harm to human genetic variation. However, scientists and researchers will continue to explore the possibilities of genetic engineering because of the many possibilities that it holds and thus the controversy of this topic will continue. There are a few facets of genetic engineering that I will cover and they include genetic testing, screening, genetic enhancement and therapy as well as cloning. According to Russell Powell of Oxford University, he defines,“genetic testing and screening [as] various procedures to attempt to identify any one of a constantly growing number of genetically related disorders such as Down Syndrome, Tay-Sachs disease, Huntington’s disease,…and many others”(Powell 214). Detection of genetic diseases early on in the in vitro or in early pregnancy can help parents decide whether they would choose to carry a fetus to term that may
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