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Genetic engineering in our world, as well as in the book "Brave New World".

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Genetic engineering in our world, as well as in the book "Brave New World" By Jimmy Jackson There has been a steady increase in the amount of genetics related issues entering our lives ever since research on genes began. As the advancements continue to sound more like the science fiction than what we actually believe is possible, the amount of ethical and debatable dilemmas are increasing proportionally. In February of 1997, the news and media covered one of the largest leaps in genetic science. When a sheep was cloned, the media exploded with coverage on this topic. We were all amazed by this new advancement, and we started asking questions. What else can they clone? What are the going to use these clones for? Many other questions rose up from that particular incident, and since then there have been even more advancements, and more questions being asked, many of them being about genetically engineering a new generation of children. Now, because genetic engineering is enabling us to make enhancements to our lives, we should encourage the development of this new technology because it can be used to fight, possibly end genetic disease, and advance the human species to a new level. ...read more.

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This is similar to the issue of discrimination by race or color and there are government regulations preventing such problems. If similar issues arise concerning genetics, there will be similar regulations to deal with genetic discrimination as well. Another issue that is more predominant is the process of genetic screening of embryos. In this process, an embryo is removed "from a woman's womb so that it can be tested, and the returned to the womb or discarded depending to the test results"(Spallone, 205). The negative aspects of this issue are similar to those of abortion. The Christian faith believes that, "human personhood begins at conception" (www.religioustolerance.org), and therefore, the termination of a child at any stage, be it embryo or fetus, is murder. But the reasons for this testing and possible abortion are not even taken into consideration. Take for example; both of the parents are at high risk for passing on a very harmful genetic disorder. With the use an embryo screening procedure, the parents will be able to know before hand if the child will develop this disease. In some cases, diseases only affect males or females. The embryo could be screened before hand and aborted earlier on if the parents decide to. ...read more.

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The issue in this case is cost, but the final result will make the patient able to live a more healthy, normal life, free of constant blood tests, expensive injections, and will allow them to eat a regular diet. The difference between the two procedures is the method of "delivery". Gene splicing uses bacteria to transport the "instruction" into the body, whereas invasive intervention uses "modified viruses" to do the same job (McGee, 108). However, they would both provide a great improvement on the quality of life, which is a very large factor in many medical related topics such as euthanasia, abortion, and life support of terminally ill patients. So...is society ready? This is an unanswerable question. For every leap in technology, a new and controversial social issue will arise. And, as our civilization is still young, and budding, there is no possible way to stop learning, for it is our human nature to continue to explore. There are many people that wish to find a comfort zone, where they can stay safe and be politically correct, but these places will not be found. The only thing that can be said is, "For better and worse, a new age is upon us-an age in which we as humans will gain the ability to change the nature of our species. ...read more.

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