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Will Genetic Engineering Change Humanity?

Updated on January 14, 2016
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Seçkin Esen has been working as an English teacher for 6 years. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in ELT from Hacettepe University in 2010.

Designing the Future of Humanity

Scientists already know how to use genetic engineering and genetic testing to treat some genetic ilnesses and to determine the gender of the fetus. Because of the recent progress in genetic engineering, many scientists believe that in the future, parents will be able to design their children. Almost every day, scientists identify new genes and the traits that they control. The genes that signal diseases can also be identified. In the future, scientists expect to be able to identify the genes that determine most human traits, including those that affect physical appearance, intellect, and personality. When that happens, surveys show that many parents will use genetic engineering to choose desirable traits for their children. Many people think that there is nothing wrong with using this technology to design children with the features they desire.

However, many scientists believe that this type of genetic engineering will not be possible for at least 100 years. Although some scientists are convinced that there are genes for almost all traits, others disagree. They do not think that genes control complex personality traits or intellect. And still others believe that use of genetic engineering should be limited to just those cases in which the health of the mother or her fetus is threatened.

The use of genetic engineering to design leads to some difficult moral questions, for example: Will the children of rich parents have more design advantages than the children of poor parents who can not afford genetic engineering? But the most important question is: Will genetic engineering change what it means to be human?

What is the most important concern about genetic engineering on humans?

Genetic engineering brings up some social and moral questions. What is the most important question?

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      Seckin Esen 3 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Hi grand old lady, I totally agree with you. Thank you very much for your comment.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I like the fact that you cut down the issues of genetic engineering into chewable pieces of information that we can learn from without getting a headache.

      In India there is already a problem, more female fetuses are being aborted because parents want a boy.

      As for long term problems, genetic engineering will reshape society and I wonder if mankind can do better than what God planned. Also, since you're dealing with life, it is so unpredictable you really don't know what will follow.

      We shouldn't seek for a perfect child because what seems perfect outside may be a monster within, especially if we end up being bad parents. Better to focusing on our parenting skills than having a designer child. I'll be satisfied with what God gives me. I can say my daughter is not genetically engineered, and she has far exceeded my expectations.

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      Seckin Esen 3 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you for your nice comment Sandyspider.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      You do bring up some interesting points on Genetic Engineering.

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      Seckin Esen 3 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      I definitely agree with you, tsadjatko. Thank you so much for your comment.

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      TSAD 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      The biggest problem with genetic engineering is that genes that affect one trait also affect many other traits some identified most not. Most traits, probably all require the action (or inaction) of multiple genes, a simple example, there are multiple genes that affect eye color in humans, it is not as simple as Mendelian genetics.

      To sort out this puzzle of cause and effect is a task of almost infinite proportion and it would probably take 100 years if it could ever be done at all. To create the perfect child, the perfect human being seems like a futile endeavor when you consider the brevity of a human life on this earth - 70 - 80 years, even if that could be lengthened it doesn't solve the problem of eventual mortality - perhaps it would be better to spend ones efforts on storing treasures in heaven and acquiring eternal life which is already freely given to those who wish to accept the one who said "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Eternal life means an eternal body, I doubt there be any need for genetic engineering as genetic life here is but a drop in the bucket of eternity.