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The Impact of Genetic Engineering on Society Word Count: 748 Abstract The following article will discuss and go into depth about the facts about genetic modification on food, animals and even humans. Genetic engineering has both positive and negative sides to it. This article will explore both sides of genetic modification and its effects on society. Introduction Genetic engineering is the use of modern biotechnology techniques to alter the genes of an organism, such as a plant or animal. There are many positive and negative sides to genetic engineering. To some people, genetic engineering is the chance for an improved and healthier life, but there are others who fear that it is "playing God" and there is no evidence that genetically enhanced organisms will have a positive effect on our society over time. ...read more.


Further study into the splicing of the toad and potatoes genes showed that some of the spuds might produce a toxin found in the giant silk moth rather than the toad, others might also produce enzyme from a "phage", a sort of virus that attacks bacteria. In focus groups conducted by Lincoln University's Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) it was found that, of the 117 New Zealanders surveyed, people tended to find this example of biotechnology unacceptable. Genetic engineering doesn't stop at just food. So far research has been done with all sorts of animals, medicine and even humans. Trials have to be done with special permission, in a closed place, because of the dangerous results that might be produced. One day inherited diseases may be cured by replacing defective genes with healthy ones. ...read more.


As a result, we must carry on very carefully in all fields of human genetic engineering and research. Actually using genetic modification would eventually unleash all of its effects, both negative and positive. After genetic engineering starts being applied, our society will not simply be able to undo its effect on the future generation. Once it has becomes reality, it will always be with us. Conclusion The benefits of genetic engineering are endless. Within decades we might have plants that can live through any type of condition, be rid of inherited diseases and have farm animals turned into enormous by growth hormones. But we do not know of the harmful effects genetics modification can have on the future generation and what damages it can do. Genetic modification is still quite a controversial topic. Even with the possibility of eliminating world hunger, it could take just as many lives. Future studies of all of the effects of genetic modification can lead to responsible use of the technology when it is fully developed. ...read more.

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The essay is overall structured well. However, the main body of text could be a lot deeper, and the main problems with the essay is the level of science and scientific analysis in the contents. The essay is concise in structure but the different components could have been made a lot clearer by the construction of the paragraphing.

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The introduction is good, although scientific terms used in the start are quite simple. Sets the scene well for the essay that is to follow, and relates directly to the focus of the question. In the main body of the essay, the focus on each point could have been a lot more in depth and the actual scientific reasoning behind genetic engineering explored to a much greater depth. In addition, brings in some factors in the conclusion that have not been discussed in the main body of the text. However, overall the conclusion is adequate for the points explained in the essay, I would have liked to have seen more depth explored and analysed through the main body of text. The level of science is not particularly high.

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