Finally, I’ve read some stuff online and lots of people were saying “Don’t Play God,” towards genetic engineering. I believe those people are too short-sighted to understand the benefits of genetic engineering. I’ve also heard people say that genetic engineering is unethical but what’s unethical is leaving people ill just because we’re afraid that it’s “unnatural.” A lot of people could extremely benefit from the use of it. Infertility, crop shortages, diseases, you name it. All of these things can be avoided, if not eliminated completely by proper use of genetic engineering.
Genetic Engineering is controversial due to some people believing that genetic engineering is playing God. Opposition against this scientific field stands due to the lack of understanding of its value, or fear what may come out of following this new field of science. A portion of history is owed to genetic engineering as has led to many of the food products we enjoy today. Though there are some minuet deficiencies to genetic engineering or maybe because of them, there are ethical issues in today’s society that hinder and regulate genetic engineers. The form of genetic engineering today is a more efficient than our ancestors practice, selective breeding. All humans practiced selective breeding in one way or another. Its process is the
The altering of human genes could save lives. You could cure cystic fibrosis or alzheimer's. This would save the lives of many (Doc. 3). This technology could also give you children with specific traits of your choice. Also, this engineering can leave people painfree. This is not good because they can’t detect danger. As a plus side, scientists will eventually take the gene that causes this and help cure those with chronic long lasting pains (Doc. 2). This would make more people happy and healthy across the nation! Eventually we could go so far as to make a genetically engineered nation. As you can see, Genetic Engineering also could have a positive effect on
Dan W. Brock makes a few interesting points in defending genetic engineering, while being observant of the possible downfalls and negative views of the science. Brock starts of his commentary by addressing how the limits to our genes can not "confidently predict the rate at which that understanding [of genetic engineering] will be achieved in the future nor the ultimate limits on it" (pg. 615). Also, the author states how genetic engineering could help parents ensure their children the abilities to live healthy lives, create new treatments for disease, and produce stronger immune systems.
A theme in The film Gattaca is genetic discrimination. In the aseptic society Vincent lives in , life is genetically restrained even before the individual is born so that each person gets the “best possible start”. The sterile environment captures a strictly controlled ambience favouring genetic perfection above anything else. It is a society that overpowers human desire and human relationships. This becomes apparent through the mechanical robotic characters that live in Gattaca. Traits such as personality, beliefs, values and morals are useless. Identity in gattaca is seen in solely defined by one 's individual status as a valid or invalid. Other than this nothing else is relevant.The starting scenes in the film sets an atmosphere of controlled physical excellence. Vincent is shown shaving and exfoliating his skin.Vincent gathers a stray hair d from his keyboard and the space director acknowledges his admirable cleaning habits, To which Vincent believes is “next to godliness”. There are extreme close-ups of human matter used in Gattaca to show how the environment in which Vincent lives emphasises the importance of DNA. Those who are considered perfect among the society are often set back by a lack of aspiration; this idea of perfection comes from one 's individual values influenced by a corrupt society.Vincent is considered a god child due to having no genetic advantage from birth, Vincent is an alien concept to the genetically modified world. A test such as a
Human genetic engineering can save people's lives now and could save more in the future. According to a New Scientist article (Le Page, 2015), Layla was three months when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a kind of cancer in the bone marrow. She underwent other treatments like chemotherapy, but those failed so she underwent gene therapy by using the TALEN protein to edit her genes to produce a cancer fighting T cell called UCRAT19; She survived and thrived (Le Page 2015). Saving someone’s life through human genetic engineering doesn’t even have to be as complicated as altering genes. According to TIME Health (Park, 2014), Mya Burkhart was six months old when her parents started to look for a cure to her rare mutation in the gene for citrate. This mutation prevented certain parts of her from getting enough energy, causing breathing and development problems, and after having no luck with any other diagnosis, a genetic scan figured out what the issue was and gave her citrate supplements (Alice Park, 2014). Both Layla’s and Mya’s lives were saved because of human genetic engineering. Layla was cured of cancer because of human genetic engineering, which is one toughest diseases for humans to cure right now, while Layla’s cancer was cured, but Mya’s condition was only treated so maybe if human genetic engineering could continue a cure could be developed to improve her life.
The impact of human genetic engineering on the workplace is negative. With genetic engineering, humans have the ability to give their children the best traits. They can create children who have the traits to be able at any job they want. However, for the children who were born naturally and were not genetically engineered, they can face discrimination for their genes because they supposedly are not good enough for the job. In the movie Gattaca, the invalids, people who are not genetically engineered, are shown to have jobs that the valids, people who are genetically engineered, do not want. The main character Vincent, an invalid, was only able to obtain a job as a janitor even though he could succeed in other jobs higher up on the hierarchy.
In the movie, Gattaca, there are countless of advantages and disadvantages to having a society like that portrayed in the movie. As for the advantages, the people in the movie was genetically superior therefore they had no sign of bad genes. They are absent for addiction of drugs, alcoholism, and diseases. They have better health, longer life span, and was built with a “better” body. Genetically engineered people also have a higher IQ and other intelligence factors that are included. Having a society like this will result in your family/child receiving a better life, and a better chance of having a successful life in the future. Parents would not have to worry about any sudden deaths or diseases affecting their child because everything in their life was predicted when they were going through the preimplantation genetic diagnosis process. Since their genes was manipulated, they are being born with “good genes” therefore as mentioned above, they have a higher chance of having a triumphant job and leading a successful life.
Now there are some people that are strongly against this.There are many people that believe scientist are ‘playing God’ by changing the gene of people.But genetically engineering isn't just for modifying humans but also for curing some disease.It's called gene therapy and it had cured some disease for example Cancer, Aids and much more.It’s better for us to act than to not act at
Genetic engineering is a great thing that can help our society grow in a healthier way. Genetic engineering can prevent deadly diseases in children [babies] before they are born genetic engineering can also be used on fruits and vegetables not just humans and animals.
In Gattaca, Andrew Niccol confronts us, through Vincent's struggles, with a utopian society of humans whose lives were based solely on their genetic constitution. The Gattaca society was portrayed as a modern, liberal, and industrialized society where the use of genetic engineering was offered as a personal service to couples so they may choose their offspring traits. The use of genetic engineering was voluntary and not a state-directed or mandated
Andrew Niccol’s, Gattaca, shines light on our possibly not so bright future. The film is based off genetic engineering and its effects on society. When a couple wants a child, they head to the clinic with their list of preferences. The fetus is then altered to meet these preferences. Society is now classified into groups: the “valids” and “invalids” – basically a caste system. The movie focuses in on an “invalid” named Vincent Freeman, and how his genetics hold him back from achieving his dreams. Vincent dreams of space travel, something someone of his caste would normally never experience. Although with perseverance and the help of loyal friends Vincent is able to fight for a chance of reaching his dreams.
It’s been seen in movies like Gattaca, and now reality is catching up to fictional genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is defined as the deliberate modification of an organism’s characteristics by manipulating genetic material. Rapid progression in this field has already taken place; today, over 40% of the world’s food is genetically modified and this science has begun to allow parents to select the traits they want in their children. As of right now, genetic engineering is a fresh concept not completely accepted or understood, but by 2041, it will as common practice as smartphones are commonplace because of its contribution to the quality of life.
What if you could change your baby's eye color, height, or hair color? Genetic engineering is becoming the new trend across America. In this blog You will learn how genetic engineering was used in history, how it is used today, and how it affects everyday lives. Techniques of genetic engineering can be applied to almost anything in the aspect of human well beings. This includes food production, disposal of waste, medicines, and possibly treatments of disease.
Genetic Engineering has developed by very rapidly over the past twenty years. It is also one of the most controversial topics to go through the United States. From the research gene therapy to the cloning of different animals, genetic engineering can save lives while at the same time, endanger them as well. There are many pros and cons which are being heavily debated by political, scientific, and many other organizations. Most are centered on the idea of using Stem cells as a way of curing diseases.