Will Genetic Engineering change the definition of Humanity? What are your perspe

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (6 posts)
  1. Sayyeda Zonah profile image60
    Sayyeda Zonahposted 8 years ago

    Will Genetic Engineering change the definition of Humanity?
    What are your perspectives?

  2. TolovajWordsmith profile image86
    TolovajWordsmithposted 8 years ago

    In short - yes. But we should know genetics is playing important part for all the humankind. We prefer pretty faces, stronger bodies, healthier skin complexion, ... and there is perfectly good explanation for this from evolutionary point of view.

    We are trying to 'cheat' this natural selection by using make up, plastic surgery and numerous other tricks to get partners and 'produce' babies which are not exactly perfect by initial genetic standards. So I don't really see big difference when we include genetic engineering. We are still trying to spread our genes the best we can.

    Cheating is part of evolution. Always was, always will be.

    I hope I didn't stray too far?

    1. Sayyeda Zonah profile image60
      Sayyeda Zonahposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Describe cheating. Humankind is changing, evolving, but 'humanity' seems to be diminished. Althou, i do respect your answer! smile

  3. Link10103 profile image60
    Link10103posted 8 years ago

    I think it already has, to some degree. We use genetic engineering in animals to produce large quantities of food and to produce "super" crops.

    Eventually I imagine we will really start to delve into cloning, stem cell research, and genetic modification in humans. We might even get to the point where we can live for as long as we want, or at least drastically extend our lifespan.

    1. Sayyeda Zonah profile image60
      Sayyeda Zonahposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Cloning and genetic modifications have already started! But to some point i do disagree with the lifespan extension. And most importantly don't you think this will crate a huge class difference between people and countries?
      Althou, i do respct ur ans

  4. tamarawilhite profile image87
    tamarawilhiteposted 8 years ago

    The major immediate impact will be the treatment of many genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis and inherited cancer risks in those currently existing. For example, control genetic expression to turn off genes like BRAC-1 and others that raise the risk of cancer.
    Next will be the use of genetic engineering to cure disorders. It will be much more acceptable to use genetic engineering to remove tendencies like diabetes, Alzheimer's, heart disease risks and so forth than improvements.
    It is certainly possible that genetic engineering will be used to try to improve the species. The challenge is that it creates people who by definition would be at the top of a merit based society, thus able to dominate it, since their parents had the money and connections to get their kids genetically enhanced.
    It won't alter the species on a large scale for generations, because it isn't yet reliable and proven. Would you take a chance to spend tens of thousands to improve a potential child, when you don't know if the traits will take or the impact on their lives once grown? Or that the traits added for certain benefits won't be dangerous in excess?
    There is the possibility that human subpopulations might be created to suit some purpose, but in a world approaching 8 billion people, it is cheaper and easier in such a world to alter existing humans that create them, raise them and hope you get the intended result like a super-soldier.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)