Playing God? The double-edged sword of DNA

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Dec 14, 2012 (4 years and 9 months ago)

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Playing God?

The double
-
edged
sword of DNA

Daniel Coral

004C

MEI

Genetic Engineering

Genetic Engineering


Definition


Techniques


Isolation of the genes of interest


Insertion of the genes into a transfer vector


Transfer of the vector to the organism to be modified


Transformation of the cells of the organism


Selection of the genetically modified organism from
those that have not been successfully modified


Applications

Genetic Engineering


Where are we now?


Genome sequencing


Function experiments


Tracking experiments


Expression studies


Human Genetic Engineering


Basic problem


There are many unresolved ethical issues and
concerns surrounding this technology, and it
remains a controversial topic
.


PLAYING GOD


http://www.triplenine.org/poll/tnss57.htm

Parts of the proble
m


Distinction between treatment and
improvement


Animal testing


Genetic modification of embryos


Designed children


Breach between rich and poor


Who gets to see the information? Insurance
companies?

Causes of the problem


Lack of knowledge


Immaturity, lack of wisdom


Religion


Responsibility


Activism on animals and embryos
manipulation


Economy, consume society


Costs, technology



Solutions


Two extremes:


Liberal


Conservative


Wide range between them


Respect for life


Access to information


Genetics for everyone

Individual perspective


Get informed


Make limitations clear


LAWS


Concessions for scientists


Never postpone experiments that have clearly
defined future benefits.


Respect for living beings


Lower the costs, make it public


Companies should not have access


CONCLUSION