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Essay2010 - this procedure done to your children Why or why...

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One Page Essay: Due In Class May 27th In the NOVA presentation by Alan Alda "Hunting for Genes", a researcher at UCSF (Cynthia Kenyon) studying aging in worms described a mutation that greatly increases lifespan. Similar mutants have been found in flies such as one called Methuselah . Longer living worms and flies are also much more vigorous during older age than their normal (wild-type) counterparts. Similar genes to Methuselah exist in humans. Suppose that one of them (called longevity-1 ) can be altered to increase human lifespan to 150 years. Imagine that when you are ready to have children it is possible through genetic manipulations and in vitro fertilization to alter the longevity-1 gene in embryos to increase their predicted lifespan. Would you have
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Unformatted text preview: this procedure done to your children? Why or why not? How do you think this technology would impact society? Note that this question is similar to, though distinct from, the first debate topic in which students argued for or against such procedures being allowed (May 4 Debate). Here we wish you to answer more specifically would you do this for your children and why? It is fine to include similar arguments as to those raised during Debate 1 in class, but be sure to answer the question as it is phrased here. (Please keep your answer to one single spaced page. If you choose to refer to outside information, please provide a reliable reference. Also, you may not answer by simply stating that you do not wish to have children)....
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