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Genetic Engineering
As a base, man should realize that genetic engineering has already been done, by nature,
during evolution. Some of the things man struggles with, some of his diseases, are in fact
protections from other problems, genetically selected to be passed forward only becaue they
were benefit in prior ages.
Genetic engineering promises much in the fields, pharmaceuticals, animal hubandry, and
dood crops. If we take genetically modified foods, especially plants, we can improve crop
yields, plant crops in areas where previously they could not grow. These are all the
advantages but it is all too easy to get carried away and to forget the risks that are great.
First of all I believe genetic engineering brings a lot of important and needed discoveries but
on the other hand the progress in that field brings anxiety and laymen as myself are worried
especially because of all the articles and polemics about genetic engineering that can be
found. A statement written by Helena Paul says: »What little we know of genetic engineering
o far teache us that the only thing that can be predicted i that the impacts are unpredictible.« It
sounds like a scenario for a scary movie or our nightmare where the large-scale release of
transgenic organisms is much worse than nuclear weapons or radioactive nuclear wastes, as
genes can replicate indefinitely, spread and recombine.
Furthermore two years after Dolly the Sheep came Cumalina and her Clones(two generations
of cloned mice). The cientific world and commentators were estatic. Mass produced, identical
mice for animal experimentation, cows with a human gene to produce human blood, pigs with
human gene to produce human tissue and possibly human organs for transplant, a fusion of a
cow and human embryo to produce an »almost human« for experimentation. And no one
questioned the morality, asked whether the animals suffered.
To sum up genetic engineering is in its infancy. Despite the amasing of a wealth of
knowledge, it's a world of ignorance. There is far too little the experts know and some even
believe this is not the time to release genetically modified crops in the world. To do so is to
conduct a gigantic experiment on the world's ecosystem. And what is even more I never
imagined people would patent animals too. It's fundamentally immoral. To patent human
material…to take huan DNK and patent it products - that violates the integrity of life itself
and our deepest sense of morality!
Žan Božič, 3.b