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 It is beyond any doubt that, in this day and age,
genetic engineering has made inroads into our
lives. Little did we kno...
LET’S TAKE SOME EXAMPLES:
REASONS TO OPPOSE
GENETIC ENGINEERING
Health risks
 Genetic engineering can make foods that were
once safe to eat a threat to people with
allergies. Because th...
ECOLOGICAL RISKS
 There is no such thing as a free lunch.
By engineering plants to be resistant to
pesticides and herbici...
Biodiversity in danger
 Engineering specific traits into select
species threatens the planets
biodiversity by upsetting t...
Has associated consequences and possible irreversible effects
 Even scientists themselves believe that genetic
engineerin...
ETHICAL ISSUES
Transgenic biotechnology presents an exciting range of
possibilities, from feeding the hungry to preventing...
 It is obvious, considering the
disadvantages of genetic engineering that
there is need to proceed with caution in
use an...
Genetic engineering-The Negative Side
Genetic engineering-The Negative Side
Genetic engineering-The Negative Side
Genetic engineering-The Negative Side
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Genetic engineering-The Negative Side

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Genetic engineering-The Negative Side

  1. 1.  It is beyond any doubt that, in this day and age, genetic engineering has made inroads into our lives. Little did we know about what far- reaching opportunities it might bring about a few decades ago and scientists are on the brink of a breakthrough in terms of cloning creatures. However, there seem to be opposing opinions whether these advances might do humankind more harm than good . It is the time to question ourselves, is genetic engineering a blessing or a curse??
  2. 2. LET’S TAKE SOME EXAMPLES:
  3. 3. REASONS TO OPPOSE GENETIC ENGINEERING
  4. 4. Health risks  Genetic engineering can make foods that were once safe to eat a threat to people with allergies. Because this process is unpredictable, new substances can develop in engineered foods. The FDA (Food And Drug Administration) knows this and does some testing, but there are no guarantees.  Besides the new allergies, inserting genes into plants and animals can cause existing genes to react in unknown ways, including reduced nutritional values and changes in organism quality.
  5. 5. ECOLOGICAL RISKS  There is no such thing as a free lunch. By engineering plants to be resistant to pesticides and herbicides, we necessarily affect the web of life. Other plants and animals not considered will be impacted. As has been said, when one string in the web is tugged, it pulls all of the others.
  6. 6. Biodiversity in danger  Engineering specific traits into select species threatens the planets biodiversity by upsetting the natural balance. Engineered organisms spread uncontained into the wild. They also spread their genes into the gene pool. Once engineered organisms are released, there will be no recalls, and as they continue to upset nature, it may be impossible to undo the damage.
  7. 7. Has associated consequences and possible irreversible effects  Even scientists themselves believe that genetic engineering can have irreversible side effects, especially with hereditarily modified genes. After all, the process at the present uses viral factor to carry functional genes to the human body. Viral genes as they are, they are likely to leave certain side effects. Also, where the functional genes are placed in the genome is not exactly known. In the event that they replace other important genes instead of the mutated ones, other forms of diseases or health conditions are likely to develop. Is the world equipped to battle new illnesses that may turn out to be deadlier than ever?
  8. 8. ETHICAL ISSUES Transgenic biotechnology presents an exciting range of possibilities, from feeding the hungry to preventing and treating diseases; however, these promises are not without potential peril. Some of the issues that need to be considered are given as follows:  Are species boundaries “hard” or should they be viewed as a continuum? What, if any, consequences are there of blurring species boundaries?  What, if any, research in genetic engineering should be considered morally impermissible and banned (e.g., research undertaken for purely offensive military purposes)?  Will these interventions redefine what it means to be “normal”?  Are there long-term effects on the environment when transgenic or genetically modified organisms are released in the field?
  9. 9.  It is obvious, considering the disadvantages of genetic engineering that there is need to proceed with caution in use and the absolute necessity of creating as well as enforcing ethical legislation to prevent misuse also. Otherwise, this miracle of science may turn out to become a curse to the mankind and the whole world.

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