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The world of science has experienced many profound breakthroughs and advances in the twentieth century but none perhaps as great as that of genetic engineering However the twentieth century society is not prepared or even willing at times to accept the moral and ethical controversies genetic engineering is creating Genetic engineering defined as the use or manipulation of an individuals genetic material in order to produce desired characteristics or results in the same individual other individuals of the same species or other species is undoubtedly changing societys relationship with nature medicine and perhaps its own cultural values Thro 69 It has been predicted for the year 2020 people will have new definitions of health and illness Oleksy 108 The completion of genome mapping will allow a health plan for each person preventing genetic disease and promoting a better life Oleksy 108 However genetic engineering also called gene splicing or gene cloning is not being welcomed with open arms It affects the moral values of human beings as well as other living things The competing goods in genetic engineering ie creating a stronger more advanced human race vs a natural selective process created by God are virtually impossible to avoid and have placed a temporary hold one the progress of this new technology and societys moral view Our society must be persuaded that genetic engineering is of great value in order to become an accepted social practice This is something that society obviously lacks the conviction for thus far making genetic engineering an object of continued scientific as well as philosophical study Throughout history science has allowed for advances in production transportation and even entertainment Although never in history has science been able to so deeply affect our lives as genetic engineering is undoubtedly doing and will continue to do in the not so distant future Genetic engineering can help us create a stronger and more advanced human race by increasing food production revolutionize
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