Biotechnology has become one of the most incredible advances in human existence. Throughout the years, advancements in science and medicine have saved millions of people's lives and I see no reason why we should stop now. Our society has spent countless years and money achieving the technology we have today. For the first time in our existence we have developed ways to treat diseases that we never imagined were possible. The idea of Human Gene Therapy has opened a new door in the medical field. Although the therapy will take years to perfect, we should continue funding the projects as much as possible. Safety and ethical issues have been brought up regarding these advancements. However, safety measures can be taken in biotechnology just as they are in many other fields of study. If we have the ability to save a persons life only by gene alteration, we should stop at nothing to accomplish our goal.
Human life is what society is about. As long as we keep biotechnology focused on diseases and life threatening issues, we should continue our development.
DNA technology has allowed us to diagnose diseases in an individual. Our research has allowed scientists to diagnose hundreds of genetic disorders. These disorders can be detected even before a person is born. Although scientists are better at detecting disorders rather than curing them, they have made advances in the field. It will only be a matter of time before we can treat life-threatening diseases. Again the moral issues emerge about whether we should treat these diseases. Any person who does not agree with the development could very well have a different view if they were diagnosed with a disease themselves. I doubt these people have lived their lives without taking over-the-counter drugs. Biotechnology is simply an extreme advancement from basic pharmaceutical drugs. Both are used to avoid or cure sickness.
My pro-view on biotechnology stops at diseases and disorders. I believe "setting" your child to have brown hair and blue eyes would be taking advantage of the technology we have. Government regulations need to ensure safety and restrict biotechnology to disease prevention and treatment for disorders. Cloning an organ to replace a damaged one would be a good way to use our technology. However, cloning people for the purposes of testing does break the moral barrier. Since a clone is an exact replica, it would be cruel to artificially create a human and use him or her as a "guinea pig." Technology can quickly advance in many directions. Whether it is the government or a specified biological division, certain rules and regulations must be created. Laboratories must be monitored during working hours. Cells that are not intended to leave a certain area must be dealt with in an extremely cautious matter. In addition, laws regarding cloning and the altering of a person's genetic makeup must be set into place. With proper precautions and guidelines, biotechnology will become a privilege to our society. As a student, journalist, and family member, I believe biotechnology is something that we should continue to study and practice.