Genetically Engineering Embryos Should Begin

1290 Words Nov 1st, 2015 6 Pages
According to BBC News, the discussion about genetically engineering embryos should begin. With the increased technology that has been introduced in the past couple of years, changing a fetus’s genes and creating “designer babies” could become a possibility for parents (Gallagher 1). When these breakthroughs were published, there was an immediate uproar about whether changing one’s baby’s genes is ethical. The events that have led to this technology, and the technology itself, are intriguing to many genetic scientists around the world. The discoveries that Gregor Mendel, also known as the “Father of Modern Genetics,” made when he experimented with different genes of pea plants have made editing the genes of people possible. Mendel coined the terms “dominant trait” and “recessive trait” to describe which traits were more likely to be passed down from parent to offspring (Hasan 31). Mendel’s discoveries made the controversial discovery of the structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA) possible. In January, 1951, Rosalind Franklin had just begun her new job as a researcher at King’s College London where she tried to identify the structure of DNA. After only 2 years, Franklin managed to captured Photo 51, an incredibly detailed picture of DNA, that was considered, “’among the most beautiful X-ray photographs of any substance ever taken“’(Maddox 309). Although Franklin’s Photo 51 led to one of the most influential discoveries in genetic biology, one of her coworkers, Maurice…
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