Genetic Engineering

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Genetic engineering is no doubt the one of the most popular gossipy topic in the area of science and technology in the recent years. The reason for this is that it has a significant impact towards the human and it can be so called revolution of new life. Genetic engineering will be essential and beneficial towards all living organisms in the future years. Genetic engineering offers many solutions to individual and social needs but the disadvantages definitely don¡¦t outweigh the advantages. It seems that all the discoveries done under high risks by our courageous scientists weren¡¦t appreciated by others. People against genetic engineering believe that it is unethical, wrong to play god and far too risky with the skill and knowledge we have now. For the future and advancing of our humans, our pioneer scientist must be supported to breakthrough the obstacles.

What is genetic engineering? It is a technique used by scientists to modify and manipulate the DNA of living organisms.

Genetic engineering is believed to be able to improve the food we eat, wipe out the diseases such as Alzheimer and Cystic Fibrosis, clone all living organisms, fertilize infertile couple and so on. (reference- Genetic engineering has been responsible for the medical breakthrough that we all witnessed in our history such as inventing of the penicillin by Howard Florey. Another example is that mosquitoes can be modified into transgenic mosquitoes which don¡¦t carry diseases by inserting a transposable element such as hermes into a fertilized egg. Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading major human diseases, such as Malaria, Yellow Fever, Trypanosomiasis and Dengue. Malaria alone causes some 1.5 million to 2.7 million deaths annually and Yellow Fever also recorded 30 thousand deaths each year. These sterile mosquitoes are released into the nature and next the generation of mosquitoes...