Genetic Engineering: Right or Wrong?

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Genetic Engineering: Right or Wrong?

Human acceptance is always two steps behind human ingenuity. Throughout history, there have been many accounts of fear of new technology. Pictures, for example, were thought to suck out souls, and trains were thought capable of igniting entire forests. World exploration was non-existent until the 1500s because the world was thought to be flat. History shows us that technology is not a bad thing, but a way to make life easier. Genetic engineering is one of these ways, capable of producing crops in third-world countries for pennies a ton, or curing serious genetic flaws in people even before they are born. However, thanks to the ignorant people in this country it is difficult for a scientist to research in a safe environment. Genetic engineering is a science that will be a standard in the future. Hampering the research instead of understanding and applying reasonable restrictions will only lead to unsafe gene modification, causing more problems than stopping.

Genetic engineering has the potential to create new products far better than their existing counterparts. Detergents could be made from enzymes that work far better in cold water than existing products. Color pigments that don't fade in heat could be made from microbes that thrive in hellishly hot water. Antibiotics strong enough to kill even the most drug resistant bacteria could be made as well (Weise). Genetic engineering is also extremely important to forensic science. Advances in DNA mapping (also called "The Human Genome Project" or HGP) insure that if any skin flake, blood drop or hair strand is found at the scene of the crime, the forensic scientists can determine who it belongs to. The possibilities are now endless on what humans can create, such as transgenic animals. Genes from the hardy llama in South...