Genetic Modification Essay. By Cooper Jay Hawking. Inquiry
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Genetic Modification Essay
By Cooper Jay Hawking
INQUIRY QUESTION-What are the full capabilities of CRISPR?
CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, so it’s simple to see why it was abbreviated. Whilst the topic of genetic modification with humans has been relatively untouched, and in many cases unheard of, in the general public, when we learnt about genetic modification, we learnt more about the way that it works rather than how far we can go with this new technology. What can we do with this, how much can we modify our own genes and to what extent can we do so?
The most commonly known of course is CRISPR. CRISPR, however, isn’t a pure technology. It was first discovered in the year 1993 by a man…show more content… Thus enabling the genetic code of someone to be edited and changed from what it would be.
Whilst the topic of genetic modification of human genetic code is one that is unknown to majority of people, what is even more unknown about it is what are the capabilities of this new technology? How far can we go with it? How far should we go?
This topic has already caused mass debates and argument between people, whether they are scientists or just students, everyone has their own opinion. Some people are saying that we should do as much as we can with this technology as we have it, no limitations but others are saying stop wait a second, what do we even really know about this technology. Is it morally okay to genetically change and modify your future children? Should it truly be up to the parents as to what the child’s life will be like? Are there dangerous side affects that we are unaware of yet?
The idea for genetically modifying the embryos of humans came along a very long time ago, back in 1993, but since then the technological side of this has exploded. The first genetic