Genetic

Engineering

For many years, man has been advancing his race through technology. Many things
through those were questionable and questionable, but none are close to a
certain technology today. And that would be genetic engineering. What exactly is
genetic engineering? To put it shortly, it is where scientists splice, alter,
and manipulate genes of one thing to how the scientist want it, and even insert
that gene into a foreign host. This technological tool is too powerful for us to
handle. It is advancing faster than we can expect. Because of this fact, genetic
engineering raises many moral and ethical issues while also showing signs of
many dangers. This controversially technology could be looked at two ways, one
religiously and the other, scientifically and economically. First, letís talk
a religious point of view on genetic engineering. With the current knowledge we
have today in genetic engineering, life can easily be created and manipulated to
oneís liking. How can one "Play God" by creating and altering life at
oneís will and not at all feel guilty? Havenít we learned that trying to be
on a level as God is a punishable act? Such examples are ones such as the
destruction of Babylon. People at that time tried to build a tower high enough
to reach God, but it was destroyed, a punishment by God that warned us of what
will happen if we tried to get powerful as him. People say that God gave us the
knowledge to discover. If this is so, did God give us the knowledge to make the
atom bomb so we could wipe out cities and vast lives in an instant? Did God give
us the knowledge to make deadly biological weapons to kill each other with? And
did God give us the knowledge to be so advance in warfare today that the world
could be destroyed in minutes? God did not give us the knowledge to do these
things or for genetic engineering. Man ignorantly chooses his own way and
chooses to venture out doing things that are wrong. So who are we to decide what
sex a baby should be, how it should look, and what skills it might have? These
are just few of the many questions raised in a religious point of view. Next, is
the scientific and economical view. One goal of genetic engineering is to make
products more efficient. Things such as crops and other plants are one of the
things that have been experimented on and even released into the environment.

This is especially dangerous because scientists are not fully sure of what could
go wrong. A genetically altered crop or plant could become dominant and take
over all of the its like species and become a problem such as becoming major
pests. There have been many cases where non-indigenous plants introduced into a
different environment served no use and became major pest problems. But even
more dangerous altered plants are genetically altered humans. The functions of
all the genes are not known, only these of a very small percentage of the total
genes in organisms such as humans. So why would a scientist take a risk, not
knowing the full potential dangers it might cause, such as having an effect on
other genes? Privacy is another major concern. What if a sing drop of a
personís blood could reveal all the faults of that person? When will we wake
up in a world where everyone has permanent records of what defect will come up
in their lifetime and what other things they are susceptible of getting. What if
insurance companies got hold of these records? Could people be refused of health
insurance because of these facts? There are many examples where people have been
refused of some health care because of genetic screening. Not only that, in a
recent poll in Time magazine, a question was asked if a person whose genetic
profile shows potential problems pay higher health-insurance rates than someone
whose profile does not? Only 8 % answered yes while the majority 88% said no.

Obviously even the majority of this nation does not want to be genetically
profiled. One recent controversy that has come up is cloning. With some DNA of
an organism, scientists are able to make and exact copy of that organism. A
sheep and a monkey have already been successfully cloned, and with the current
technology, humans could also be cloned. This raises the most ethical and moral
issues because many questions would be raised about the clone. What will be the
purpose of making exact