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Controversy Over Genetic Engineering Dolly was a sheep that was the first living clone in its time not a country music star from Tennessee This was a magnificent feat but what did it mean To some it meant a world of possibility to others it meant havoc Who is right Who is wrong These questions are unanswerable which results in a never-ending controversy This controversy over the benefits and dangers of genetic engineering in humans animals and plants will live on forever There are many benefits of genetic engineering At the forefront of these benefits is preventing and curing illnesses Imagine beating chronic fatal diseases before they strike Think of the lives money suffering and effort that could be saved if doctors could identify individuals that are genetically stricken with heart disease cancer and many other diseases Take cancer for example Scientists are working on a way to alter the processes of the bodys own immune system so that white T-Cells will attack cancerous tumors The T- Cells will be biologically altered and engineered to perform a specific function unlike current T- Cells who dont have a specific antagonist to fight against Hagelin 2001 If research is funded well enough so that it can continue society will see an incurable disease such as cancer disappear like a rabbit in a hat Other diseases that are known to be passed on genetically can also be cured using gene therapy A gene therapist could go into the embryo and find the mutated gene that causes heart disease or high cholesterol and replace or extract the defective gene This conception of prenatal gene therapy is derived from the idea that a doctor would be able to test an unborn baby for defections Many people argue that the prenatal testing can be harmful due to social and medical implications Wekesser 1996 These implications include malpractice and increased stress on the mother of the baby Clearly much
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