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Genetic Engineering: Designer Babies and Superhumans Are NOT Coming For Us All.

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Brystol Bates

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Designer babies and Superhumans are what most people think of when someone says “genetic engineering.” What people don’t usually think of is, the cures for inherited diseases like, sickle-cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, or even cancer. In fact, most people aren’t entirely for sure what genetic engineering means at all; according to www.dictionary.com, genetic engineering is defined as, “the development and application of scientific methods, procedures,and technologies that permit direct manipulation of genetic material in order to alter the hereditary traits of a cell, organism, or population.” In simpler terms, this means altering an organism’s genetic material, or DNA.

While most people would say they are against genetic engineering many don’t realize they have already been influenced or assisted by it. People with diabetes have been helped by it for many years, because the first genetically engineered drug was insulin, approved by the FDA in 1982. This human version of insulin decreased the chances of an allergic reaction sometimes caused by using cow or pig insulin. In modern times the technology of genetic engineering is being researched for its medical purposes in humans. Recently this objective has seen a breakthrough, with a technology called CRISPR-Cas9. CRISPR-Cas9 is a tool that allows for scientists to edit single strands of DNA by going in, cutting it apart, and then reforming it. Many scientist agree that in the future this technology could be used to eradicate many inherited diseases and birth defects.

However, this would mean changing the DNA at a very early age, most likely the embryonic stage. This is where the ethical questions lie. Many argue that the ability to change humans in this way is morally wrong, and most people believe that this will end with the rise of a superhuman race, their origins traced back to designer babies. While these fears are widespread, they have little support. Right now the technology to make such extreme advancements is unavailable, so instead these fears are limiting the intended purposes of this technology. Genetic modification possesses a wealth of medical advancements, and most scientists in this field want to use this technology to cure inherited diseases, birth defects, and cancer, not give your babies flawless skin and blonde hair.

Yes, with any advancement in society comes those wishing to exploit it, but the improvements to modern medicine far outway the costs. With strict regulation these new technologies could lead to the beginning of a new era in humankind, one not ravaged with diseases and babies dying before their first birthday.

Sources:

https://www.yourgenome.org

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