Discuss the Advantages and Disadvantages of Genetic Engineering

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Discuss the Advantages and Disadvantages of Genetic Engineering

        During the last 30 years, genetic engineering has been on the forefront of many scientists’ minds, and the but of many people’s discussions. Are their any disadvantages with treating diseases by implanting genes which code for specific antiviral proteins which in turn are specific to each antigen? Throughout this essay, I will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of Genetic Engineering.

        One of the main advantages of genetic engineering is genetically modified crops. Genetically modified crops (transgenic) may provide increased profits to farmers while providing cheaper and more nutritious food. Genetic engineering also has helped make crops available that could not otherwise tolerate adverse environmental conditions .This is particularly useful to countries with extreme weather climates such as Ethiopia , Sudan when before hand , they couldn’t produce many crops of their own , and relied heavily on international aid. The genetically modified crops are capable of resisting pests, generating higher yields, and producing food with high nutrient content. They are considered an effective means of dealing with pest problems while reducing production costs.

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Another of genetic engineering is that diseases could be prevented by detecting people that are genetically prone to certain  diseases, and preparing for the inevitable. As well as preventing disease, with genetic engineering infectious diseases can be treated by implanting genes that code for antiviral proteins specific to each antigen.

        Another advantage of genetic engineering is that animals and plants can be made to have desirable characteristics which could help solve some of the world’s problems. For example in trees, genes could be manipulated to absorb more carbon dioxide. This would help reduce global warming, and thus solve ...

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