Essay by zeromatrixHigh School, 11th gradeF, October 1995

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Over the past decade, Biotechnology has advanced much to the advantage

of many people. We have learned that with certain chemicals, we are able to cut-

and-paste the DNA of certain organisms, and alter them to comply to our

sociable needs. But this can also affect modern medicine, political factors,

economic, and societal balances in our nation.

For medicine, Biotechnology has been a blessing, healing people who

suffer from a sex-linked trait known as Hemophilia. Hemophilia is a condition

where the person may die of blood loss when cut or wounded. This is caused by

a lack of a certain chemical known as Factor 9, which allows the patient to heal

from wounds. Scientists may now insert a gene into the patients own DNA

causing the patient to heal skin, which has been impossible until now, with

Genetic-Engineering. I doubt that there have been any real disadvantages with this

technology, since it works to heal the patient, but we really can't predict what

kind of medical misfits there will be in the future, using this life-saving

technology to their own personal, perhaps evil, advantages.

Dealing with politics, Bioengineering has opened a whole new door

pertaining to the military, whose use of it may create an ultimate destruction. The

alterance of nature is un-natural, and creates an unbalancement in life. When we

use this technology towards the wrong side, we may all be burned. You see,

Biotechnology has the ability to altar what diseases we humans are susceptible to,

and when scientists create something to eliminate immunities to diseases, it may

result in a mass destruction of the evolved living being known as the human.

This may sound tragic, but this is what Biotechnology is all about; changing

genes so that they may fit our societal...