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Ethical Concerns of Classical Breeding and Genetic Engineering You can stop the splitting of an atom you can stop visiting the moon you can stop using aerosols you may even decide not to kill an entire population by the use of a few bombs but you cannot recall a new form of life - Erwin Chargoff Imagine a world free of disease where everyone is healthy and the average life span is 100 years To most people that would be a dream come true According to Biotech companies that are doing research in the field of Genetic engineering that is what GE will make of the future Hard to believe that that could ever happen Well it is a possibility but a very unlikely one to say the least Erwin Chargoff is considered by some to be the father of modern Microbiology He also said this about GE An irreversible attack on the biosphere is something so unheard-of so unthinkable to previous generations that I could only wish that mine had not been guilty of it He said this in reference to the huge price tag that this kind of engineering carries with it The companies who are for Genetic engineering in their defense say that it is only an extension of Classical or Selective Breeding This practice has gone on for years with a very high success rate and very few failures Classical Breeding is a type of primitive GE that involves two subjects of the same species a very similar species or even a VERY similar genera in a cross breed This cross breeding is an attempt to try and get certain characteristics carried on from one generation to the next It has a fairly high success rate but it is not at all guaranteed to work Most people know about selective breeding in dogs horses and in some plants But it has a much greater
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