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Genetic Engineering history and future Altering the Face of Science The morale and safety questions surrounding genetic engineering currently cause this new science to be cast in a false light Anti-technologists and political extremists spread false interpretation of facts coupled with statements that genetic engineering is not natural and defies the natural order of things The morale question of biotechnology can be answered by studying where the evolution of man is and where it is leading our society The safety question can be answered by examining current safety precautions in industry and past safety records of many bioengineering projects already in place The first lasting millions of years slowly shaped human nature from Homo erectus to Home sapiens Natural selection provided the means for countless random mutations resulting in the appearance of such human characteristics as hands and feet The second stage after the full development of the human body and mind saw humans moving from wild foragers to an agriculture based society Natural selection received a helping hand as man took advantage of random mutations in nature and bred more productive species of plants and animals The most bountiful wheats were collected and re-planted and the fastest horses were bred with equally faster horses Even in our recent history the strongest black male slaves were mated with the hardest working female slaves The third stage still developing today will not require the chance acquisition of super-mutations in nature Man will be able to create such super-species without the strict limitations imposed by natural selection By examining the natural slope of this evolution the third stage is a natural and inevitable plateau that man will achieve Stableford 8 This omniscient control of our world may seem completely foreign but the thought of the Egyptians erecting vast pyramids would have seem strange to Homo erectus as well Many claim genetic engineering will cause unseen
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