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Keywords genetic engineering moral issues genetic changes genetic technologies In Search of Perfection There is no doubt that any other field is as closely connected with human life as medicine Yet medicine has been so greatly affected by technological advances that it has gone beyond therapy and towards the limits of our imagination Unlike a few years ago when conceiving a baby girl or a baby boy was a matter of chance todays prospective parents can choose to alter the genetic make-up of their children in order to enhance their offsprings well-being in the future It is not clear however if modern society is ready to face consequences of genetic engineering On one hand scientists agree that from medical standpoint genetic technologies do in fact hold promising potential On the other hand genetic engineering focused on improvement of the human species involves profound ethical and political risks that are to be taken into serious consideration Not until we become fully aware of the issues surrounding genetic technologies should we pursue the illusion of creating a perfect baby and intrude upon our childrens lives by intervening into their genes Let us have a closer look at what genetic engineering is According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language genetic engineering is a scientific alternation of the structure of genetic material in a living organism Richard Hayes simplified the definition and described genetic engineering as changing the genes in a living cell 1 Scientists differentiate between somatic and germline engineering Richard Hayes further explains that in somatic therapy after the Greek word soma for body manipulation occurs in cells that constitute bodily organs and tissues In germline therapy intervention takes place in the genes of sperm eggs or very early embryos germline because eggs and sperm are the germinal or germline cells 1 Both therapies started out at the level of corrective intervention with a common goal of curing diseases humanity had not
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