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The benefits of Genetic Engineering are greater than the risks. Do you agree or disagree? **Include: -GE in humans -Agriculture -Multiple sides Pros: -Humans: -Can install genes that offer lifelong protection against infection, Alzheimer’s, and possibly aging (Look up number affected) -Can increase lifespan of humans -Can wipe out diseases by correcting disease genes and pass those genetic fixes onto future generations (malaria, cystic fibrosis) -Can make intelligent babies, help humans evolve into smarter beings -Socially: -Society could advance -People would be able to choose how their babies end up (which could save lives in India and China where they want baby boys and kill girls) -Agriculture: -Longer shelf life for perishable foods -Crops could be altered to be resist pests and tolerate droughts -Increased yield of crops -Reduce pesticide use -Ecosystem/Planet: -Could kill off harmful species to save other species Cons: -Humans: -Could create new diseases -Brings up ethical issues about altering your own babies -Babies would end up like cars instead of people (choose their appearance) -Socially: -Could create more social divide (Can’t handle colors and religion already, what about this?) -Some may argue that it is going against God’s will -Loss of diversity in humans -Affects the welfare of future generations which could cause unpredictable and irreversible results -It’s expensive
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-Only rich people may be able to afford it -Give people unfair advantage (socially and in sports doping) -Agriculture: -Weeds can adapt and become superweeds, which leads to more herbicide use -May produce new toxins and allergens -Loss of nutrition in food - -Ecosystem/Planet: -Altered animals or food could harm other animals that consume them (allergies) -May upset food chain, could wipe out other species -Increased lifespan of humans could upset population balance -Could create invasive species Intro-(tell them what you’re gonna tell them) What is it? The process of manipulating an organism’s genetic material including genes from other species in an effort to produce desired traits What has been done recently? What people think of it Side - Disagree Benefits -Can wipe out disease -Longer lasting food -More food produced -Advancement in intelligence -Save species by getting rid of other invasive species Risks -Create new diseases, toxins, allergens (things will adapt) -Make invasive species -Create social divide -Baby altering issue -Loss of diversity -Could wipe out species or mess up food chains
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Conclusion: shouldn’t be done to humans, maybe agriculture, but even then you still have to worry about invasive species, etc Lauren Fernandez Period 5 November 2, 2016 Genetic engineering has been causing controversy among the general public and scientists in regards to whether it would make the world a better place, or instead, a living nightmare. Scientists have found a way to alter the genes of many species, such as pigs, corn,
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and even humans, to their liking, essentially playing God. This sounds appealing to some
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