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The pro's and con's of genetic engineering.

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Introduction. The purpose of this coursework is to discuss the pro's and con's of genetic engineering. I have chosen to present my work by discussing the religious arguments in favour and against genetic engineering, designer babies, should parents have the right to choose their child's looks, sex and intelligence levels. I shall also be looking at the moral and ethical issues surrounding genetic engineering. What is Genetic Engineering? The principle of genetic technology relies on isolating a gene from one organism (donor) and putting it into another (the recipient) of a different species,this principle can be applied to plants, animals, mammals etc But why should you want to do this in the first place? Genetic Engineering is quite a new science which is a rapidly expanding and developing technology, it has the potential for many useful developments in the fields of medicine, agriculture, industry and conservation, however balanced with this it has the potential to produce catastrophic problems. ...read more.


The word cloning has caused the most uproar and raised the argument and controversy, into if people can play God. Before discussing this I want to mention the advantages and disadvantages of human cloning. This is called embryo transplanting. To do this the scientist would split up the embryo before the cells became specifically designed for a job. The split up embryo cells would then be put in to a female of the species where the 4 embryos can now grow. These are called clones Advantages An advantage of cloning is that the offspring is totally predictable; it is guaranteed to have the characteristics that of the parents. Scientists believe that they may be able to treat heart attack patients by cloning their healthy heart cells and injecting them into the areas of the heart that have been damaged. Another advantage, which is only a theory, is that skin cells could be grown for burn victims so that they could replace burnt skin. ...read more.


Clones that are produced may be seen as a lower class as they are not "real". They may be thought of as a copy and so can be treated badly although they have feelings like anyone else. Clones maybe bought and sold on the "black market" as slaves, or they maybe illegally produced to do specific jobs. Conclusions The creation of humankind in God's image means that every individual has an absolute value in God's sight, which is independent of variations in their genetic heritage. Christians persistently need to draw attention to this fact. GE can make a significant contribution to the prevention and cure of human disease, and to the feeding of a hungry world. If used wisely it can function as yet another signpost pointing forward to the day when God will bring about creation's complete redemption. But, like other human attempts to improve health care and nutrition, the applications of GE, important as they may be, will never represent more than a patching-up operation, and are certainly no panacea for all ills. ...read more.

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