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Genetic Engineering Right or Wrong Genetic engineering has been one of the most controversial ethical issues since 1997 when Dolly the first successfully cloned sheep was announced Dolly has redefined the meaning of dentical twin not only does she look exactly like her mother she also has the same genetic make up This experiment was not only impossible but unthinkable Yet Dr Ian Wilmut revealed Dolly on February 23 1997 at seven months old Travis 1 On the surface genetic engineering may appear to be the solution to all of society ills and the worlds problems In all actuality it may have tremendous and unknown side effects The issues that surround genetic engineering undoubtedly make it immoral and ethically wrong Genetic Engineering as defined by Susan A Hagedorn is The manipulation of an organism genetic endowment by introducing or eliminating genes through modern molecular biology techniques A broad definition of genetic engineering also includes selective breeding and other means of artificial selection enetic Engineering1 After hearing of the reationof Dolly Americans soon learned the harsh fact surrounding her creation Dr Wilmut success was accompanied by 276 failures This success rate is no where near clinically acceptable To start the developing of the eggs they were shocked with electric pulses twenty nine of the 277 of these eggs began to divide The eggs at that point were implanted into adult female sheep thirteen of which became pregnant and only the one of 277 eggs were born - Dolly Wilmut 1 Long term prospects of mammal cloning remain in question this is no where near clinically acceptable for experimentation on humans In the months following the news of Dolly President Clinton requested a through review of the legal and ethical issues associated with the use of this technology with recommendations on possible federal actions to prevent its abuseShermer 1 The answer is clear-- there is no safe place to draw the line
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