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Is Genetic Engineering Desirable?

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Vivien trac 902 November 25, 2011 Genetic Engineering Genetic engineering is the alternation or manipulation of genes to create the desire traits that does not occur naturally but is wanted in a specific plant or animal. These scientific processes usually increase further understanding of biodiversity and also bring about desirable and functional change. But the question is, are the effects of this new technology beneficial or harmful to human beings. The beneficiary of genetic engineering includes the possibility to alternate genes, of a plant or animal, to make a disease not so serious. That is beneficial because if a plant is suffering from pests, scientist can insert genes of the pest to the plant so it will be resistant to pests and also disease resistance. ...read more.

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While genetic engineering genetic engineering can lead to greater quality of traits, it can also cause many types of harm to the environment and to human beings. It offers great promise but also great peril. Firstly, Not only can it reduce the biological diversities in our ecosystems, it may greatly affect the health of humans that eat the genetically modified crops. ?>Scientist has not yet understood living organisms enough to alternate genes that may harm the environment and our health. Genetic engineering can cause mutations in the DNA of a plant or animal, which increases the level of toxins in our food. It may also decrease the nutrition value for example a bright red shiny genetically engineered apple can be several weeks old and have very little nutritional value. ...read more.

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In addition, when scientists modify the genes in the DNA of an animal or plant, they insert the DNA into the target organism randomly; therefore there is a risk of disruption of the functioning of other genes in the plant or animal. It may also cause genetic diseases and really servre allergic reactions. I disagree with this biotechnology. Although they are many advantages, the disadvantages are more serious. It not only can contribute to our health, it may also affect our DNA, which can be very serious. If it affects our DNA, it may lead to malfunction of other genes and also severe genetic diseases. Also, like I said above, scientists still don not fully understand the DNA enough to alternate genes therefore, I believe it should not be used in our food anymore; it is too dangerous and risky. ...read more.

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The response to the question is well done and considers a range of different opinions and explains what genetic engineering is to a certain depth. However, the essay lacks flow due to the bad grammar that is used, and ...

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Response to the question

The response to the question is well done and considers a range of different opinions and explains what genetic engineering is to a certain depth. However, the essay lacks flow due to the bad grammar that is used, and this detracts from the clarity of each paragraph and sentence.

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The essay itself goes into a good depth of knowledge on the advantages and disadvantages of genetic engineering with a clear introduction and conclusion. The conclusion should not be 'I' but should be a generic conclusion bringing all the different threads of the argument into one solid conclusion that the candidate makes.

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The front cover is designed well and looks professional. Major grammatical errors, for example 'to create the desire traits' should be ' to create the desired traits.' Quite a few sentences do not read very well although the scientific content is accurate. Spelling is generally fine, but punctuation needs work in places. For example the use of capital letters in the middle of sentences.


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