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The Promise of Genetic Engineering A girl is born without Tay-Sachs disease a devasting genetic disorder that has decimated a lot of babies worldwide A leukemia patient has defective bone marrow replaced with healthy bone marrow that was cloned from tissue from her own cells These futuristic scenarios are not part of the debate for genetic engineering but they should be Many people are afraid that somebody will clone Hitler or some evil person but that is far from the fact Genetic engineering can be used to make many aspects of human life better including saving lives The rapid development of humanitys ability to control the gene will eventually lead to a promising future for the entire planet as a whole Genetic engineering resulted not from the belief that nature should be manipulated and perfected by humanity Rather its principle aim is as of any other technology to improve the quality of life for the people of this planet Therefore it is necessary to weigh the benefits and consequences of this relatively recent breakthrough and determine in which ways it can be used to humanitys best advantage This speech will investigate the ways in which genetic engineering affects two important areas in todays society The first one will be the improvement of the worlds agricultural techniques With an ever-increasing growth in world population the Earths resources are constantly becoming scarce The advent of genetic engineering may be used to avert the occurrence of worldwide famine and starvation The second one investigated will be in the field of medical development and study Currently genetic diseases are decimating the worlds population Thousands of people have already died without a single worthy treatment or cure Worldwide acceptance and support of this technology would aid in our battle against these diseases According to the United Nations medium projections issued in 1990 Population Council 1994 the global population will be increasing from 53 billion in 1990 to 85 billion in
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