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1Running head: ETHICS IN GATTACAHUMN 330 - Ethics in GattacaChristopher TisdaleMarch 17, 2017Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2ETHICS IN GATTACAPart A – Gattaca ReviewedGattacais a film in which DNA research has been developed to the point where parents can not only eliminate unwanted diseases in their unborn child, but also create a child choosing only “the best” genes of the parents (Devito, 1997). This practice has become the norm within the culture and has created a new social class of citizens. The humans that are not altered genetically, described in the movie as “faith-births,” “invalids,” and “de’gene’rates,” are discriminated against because of their unaltered genes (Devito, 1997).Gattacaspecifically follows the story of Vincent Freeman, a genetically inferior man or as the film refers to it, a “faith-birth” (Devito, 1997). At birth, Vincent was determined through genetic testing to have a life expectancy of only 30 years. His parents choose to have a genetically enhanced second child, a boy who is stronger, faster, and allegedly better in almost every way. Vincent dreams of becoming an astronaut, but he is raised to believe that he is fated to live a menial life on earth as an unmodified “faith-birth.” Throughout his childhood and teenage years, his younger brother is better than he is at everything. One day, during one of theirregular “chicken” swim races in which they swim away from shore until the other brother quits, Vincent surprisingly beats his genetically superior brother. This moment in his life transcended the ceiling he had placed on himself.

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