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Legitimacy of Genetic Engineering In recent years advancements in technology have been rapidly increasing With the advent of the computer age new concepts and possibilities have become feasible The practice of genetic engineering is one of these technologies that has been the cause of heated controversy Moral and scientific issues have arisen in the debate some valid and some well off base Brownlee Cook and Hardiggs article Tinkering with Destiny Lee Silves The Virtual Child and Virginia Postrels Fatalist Attraction The Dubious Case Against Fooling Mother Nature each present different issues that call for examination The emphasis in Tinkering with Destiny is placed on the ability of genetic engineering to control disease Nobody really wants to produce a child with life shortening diseases such as cancer and heart disease when given a choice Todays technology enables scientists to pick out various portions of DNA deoxyribonucleic acid that result in traits such as disease Aspiring parents wishing to have a child that will live a healthy life is a valid argument in favor of genetic engineering A similar argument arises from The Virtual Child The complete control of physical and mental characteristics is also possible through genetic engineering One of the problems spouting from this is elitism If parents were allowed to chose which traits their children have then it is probable that they would chose perfect children While nobody is truly perfect the genetically altered offspring would be considered the elite Discrimination would most likely result because people not genetically altered would be considered inferior This would mean most parents would not want to have their child be so harshly treated and will turn to genetic engineering to perfect their child If the preceding situations became reality another problem would be forthcoming lack of diversity With a lack of diversity in society life would most likely turn drab This would also become a
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