Genetic Engineering, history and future

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A Paper dealing with the history, possiblites and Future of Genetic Engineering Excellent Paper, good depth, and your opening and closeing were excellent!

Genetic Engineering, history and future

Altering the Face of Science

Science is a creature that continues to evolve at a much higher rate than the beings


gave it birth. The transformation time from tree-shrew, to ape, to human far exceeds the


from analytical engine, to calculator, to computer. But science, in the past, has always


distant. It has allowed for advances in production, transportation, and even entertainment,


never in history will science be able to so deeply affect our lives as genetic engineering will

undoubtedly do. With the birth of this new technology, scientific extremists and anti-


have risen in arms to block its budding future. Spreading fear by misinterpretation

of facts, they promote their hidden agendas in the halls of the United States congress.


engineering is a safe and powerful tool that will yield unprecedented results, specifically in


field of medicine. It will usher in a world where gene defects, bacterial disease, and even


are a thing of the past. By understanding genetic engineering and its history, discovering its

possibilities, and answering the moral and safety questions it brings forth, the blanket of


covering this remarkable technical miracle can be lifted.

The first step to understanding genetic engineering, and embracing its possibilities


society, is to obtain a rough knowledge base of its history and method. The basis for

altering the

evolutionary process is dependant on the understanding of how individuals pass on

characteristics to their offspring. Genetics achieved its first foothold on the secrets of


evolutionary process when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel developed the first

'laws of

heredity.' Using these laws, scientists studied...