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Genetic Engineering; Magician or Monster.

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GENETIC ENGINEERING; MAGICIAN OR MONSTER By: Alina Hasni M. Rashid Genetic Engineering is the science of changing the way a human, an animal or a plant develops by changing the information in its genes. It also the use of various methods to manipulate the DNA (genetic material) of cells to change hereditary traits or produce biological products. Like all other new discoveries, it is always expected that both advantages, 'magician', and disadvantages, 'monster' ,occur in genetic engineering. Some of the most promising and powerful applications of genetic engineering are in the field of medicine. Researchers are using it to diagnose and predict disease, and to develop therapies and drugs to treat devastating diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis. ...read more.

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This is not only an advantage to yield value but also the quality of yield produced through this to suit demands of local agriculture. Genetically engineered organisms have many potential applications in agriculture, including novel foods, pesticides, and animal drugs. These include plants engineered for Herbicide tolerance or insect resistance, and bacteria engineered to produce drugs for livestock. Herbicide tolerance for example allows crops to withstand otherwise lethal doses of herbicides, which are chemicals that kill plants. Some herbicides kill virtually all plants and cannot be used on crops. By offering crops tolerant to herbicides, chemical companies can expand the market for their products which is very useful for our agriculture industry today. ...read more.

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The point was made that technology itself is not evil. Any technology can be used to further God's purposes or hinder them. People make those decisions, not technology. Personally, I think the advantages of the discovery of genetic engineering outweigh the negative aspects about it as I hold that human will keep developing and these discoveries are a lot of help to our humanity. Bad effects are always the downside of each and every discovery. In my opinion, genetic engineering has many advantages but really it is up to personal rational consideration on how to approach and make the most of it at the same time respecting the fact of humanity. Like the saying goes 'Science tells us what is possible, not what is right.' [copyright reserved: Alina Hasni] ...read more.

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