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Those who are ignorant to history are destined to repeat it Although genetic engineering is an entirely new field it brings up issues especially in eugenics that society has previously had to deal with It gives people the power to change many aspects of nature and could result in a lot of life-saving and preventative treatments However if this power is misused or abused the damage could be very great Therefore although genetic engineering is a field that should be explored it needs to be strictly regulated and tested before being put into widespread use Some say that people have been trying to change and manipulate nature for many years and that genetic engineering is only an expansion of what has been done They feel that whatever genetic engineering allows us to do it is just a natural step in the process However in the past people have been limited by nature and the boundaries that it has set Until now people have never had the capability of getting past these boundaries completely Although occasionally the species boundary has been crossed nature has set its limits For example scientists have been able to cross the horse and donkey to create the mule but its reproduction has been restricted by it being sterile With genetic engineering however changes can be made at the genetic level and these limits could be completely ignored If a limit is not set between using genetic engineering for treatment and using genetic engineering for enhancement then many parents could use it purely for eugenic purposes One survey done by researchers showed that eleven percent of couples would abort a child predisposed to obesity With genetic engineering they could decide to substitute their childs undesirable characteristics for more desirable ones in order to customize their children This could not only cause ethical concerns but social concerns as well If this was allowed to occur it would also give the rich even more
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