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Is genetic modification morally wrong?

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General studies AS Aspects of culture Samantha Leach Is genetic modification morally wrong? Since the discovery of DNA in the late 1950's, it's become a reality for animals and plants to be modified and enhance to the talents we think are best for it, Such as race horses or genetically modified babies. But is the reality of changing a creation going too far? The advantages of having these modifications in this world today are medical perspectives. This is a very large argument in the present day. For example if genetically modified babies were common it may be beneficial in many positive ways in the society. The affect on the child is that the child could have an increased life expectancy and also the lives of many children may be lengthening even more. Genetic diseases such as Downs Syndrome would decrease; the economic saving for the NHS would be and noticeably beneficial. ...read more.


Also the disadvantage of this theory is that children may not develop and grow as they should, and this modification may cause other damaging affects in later life. But this modification is only one small part in the world of genetic modifications. In the media, the past few years there has been discussion on GM foods and if they are good for anything or anyone to consume. There have been lots of views of the GM crop from a wide range of people, but the main view is that GM is harmful. The public view seems to get influenced by television, newspapers and radio on the issue of GM foods. The public view is a very negative one, but I believe it is because they don't know what a GM crop consists of. Also a majority of people don't like the idea of GM foods for many different reasons. ...read more.


We've survived without the need of GM crops to this present day, why should we need them now? The consequences of genetic modification in this world can be predicted that not all modifications will turn out good. I think that modifications will become a positive thing, like the designer baby, it may decrease the amount of genetic diseases, but with every good thing a bad one must come wit it. I think that there should be some more testing to see if these modifications are long term positive factors. But this view may not be ethical because many people will disagree with what any action takes place about the modifications happening in this world. Some might see that it will help us and decrease the amount of suffering going on in our world, but other people might view that in those steps to make a better world you can harm people in the process. In both way people will disagree, but only time will tell. Therefore those people who are in power can only decide what the future of genetic modification will be for us in the future. ...read more.

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