Human Genetic Engineering : Ethical Or Not?

1117 Words Sep 19th, 2014 5 Pages
Kendal Gower
Professor Fountain
English 101
17 September 2014
Human Genetic Engineering: Ethical or Not?
If man could prevent his child from having Tay Sachs Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Down Syndrome and other life threatening genetic disorders, should he be able to? Using human genetic engineering, scientists have developed the skills and techniques to do just this. Human genetic engineering, however, is fairly new in the science world and many questions and unresolved problems still remain. This technology is the center of many arguments in the science world when debating the ethical standpoint (Cyranoski). Both sides have their arguments; however, the pros will far out weigh the cons when the technology is perfected and used under strict rules and regulations. Human genetic engineering is one of the most controversial topics in the field of science that has the potential to improve the human species for the better as a whole, and I support the use of this technology.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) codes the genetic information for the transmission of inherited traits and is found in the nucleus of a cell. The basic unit of DNA, the nucleotide, is composed of a nitrogen base, 5 five-carbon sugar, and phosphate; the sequence of nucleotides determines what gene is expressed. Basically, DNA is the “million dollar blueprint,” consisting of all the genetic information necessary for making proteins. Although nucleotide excision repair is a mechanism used to correct mutations after…
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