Genetic Engineering Paper


Dec 12, 2012 (4 years and 8 months ago)


Franchesca Santos

Prof. Carleton


Eng. 103




The Brave New World’s depiction of the perfect world, a world without father’s or
mother’s, without love or loyalty, is a great example as to how far the technologies of genetic
engineering can take our society. A world of lesser or greater human beings,
his Brave New
World is

construct of genetic favoring or hierarchal conditioning that ultimately keeps their
dystopian system in balance.
Advances within g
enetic engineering
will eventually lead to the
distinct segregation of those of higher and lower qua

Currently, a person is allowed to alter the aesthetic characteristics of their child, so if the
parent prefers blue eyes and blonde hair even though they both have brown eyes and dark brown
hair, genetic engineering now makes this possibl
e. It is then argued that once we start to modify
the way our children look, we are on the slippery slope of what their perception of beauty is
ultimately fueling. To choose the blonde and blue eyed embryo would say t
hat brown hair or
eyes is not an expres
sion of beauty, creating standards on what people should and should not
look like.

The purpose for genetic engineering originally started out with a goal for the grea
in unborn children by

combating genetic disease
. Genetic engineering makes
it possible
for an illness like Huntington’s disease or sickle cell anemia to be removed from the genetic
makeup of a person’s future offspring if they are a carrier for it. However,
a technology
such a noble cause
and extraordinary potential for savi
ng lives
is also in threat of being abused to
fulfill the
superficial sense of what is actually beauty.

Another issue that is faced when dealing with genetic engineering with human beings if
the simple fact of how far do we take this technology. Once we

begin alter the aesthetics of
future babies, it would not be long before we begin to alter the physical as well as mental
abilities of these children. Wouldn’t everyone want their child to be faster, smarter even taller?
This would also bring about the is
sue of how improving your child’s characteristics would come
about, would laboratories begin to charge by the inch and IQ.

In the Brave New World this entire issue of pushing for a more superficial world is
completely taken

care of.

“3. Cloning and
Human Genetic Engi

neering. A very sensitive question here is “Can we
manufacture a living organism in the laboratory?” The closer this question gets to humans, the
more sensitive it becomes. We might now have the technology to make a human, but fortunate
there are regulations against creating new humans other than by natural reproductive means. Part
of the con

troversy here is what kind of human would that be and who are the parents? Legal,
moral, and ethical issues become abundant. Never

theless, sci
entists have been cloning other
organisms for years, Dolly the sheep being a noted example. There were problems with Dolly’s
clones. They were not entirely normal and did not live long, for some of the same reasons that
organisms age and die. Other issues
about genetic engineering are “Is this playing God?” and
“Why would anyone have the right to copyright DNA sequences?”

Leonard, Bill.

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