Cutting and repairing a cells dna is not risk free

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risks. Cutting and repairing a cell’s DNA is not risk-free, and errors in the process could make a disease worse, not better. Genome editing in reproductive cells, such as sperm or eggs, could result in heritable genetic changes, meaning dangerous mutations could be passed down to future generations. And some warn of unethical uses of genome editing, fearing a rise of ‘designer babies’ if parents are allowed to choose their children’s traits, even though there are currently no straightforward links between one’s genes and their intelligence, appearance, etc. Similarly, a gene drive, despite possibly minimizing the spread of certain diseases, has the potential to create great harm since it is intended to kill or modify an entire species. A successful gene drive could have unintended ecological impacts, be used with malicious intent, or mutate in unexpected
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Gearing 2 ways. We should encourage the use of biotechnology in the field of agriculture, however, at the same time, we need to act with great caution. One way to reinforce safety precautions in the field of agriculture is to approve additional constraints on GM crops by the FDA. If anything, we should take at least the same number of precautions with dealing with GM crops as we do currently with non GM crops. Essentially we are altering something that we already analyze to a great extent. Since we are now causing variability within a species from altering specific genes, we should have less knowledge about the species than we did before the alterations theoretically. Therefore, it would be wise and to the benefit of the health safety of the public to analyze GM crops to a greater extent than non GM crops since we know less about them. However, at the end of the day the benefits of our current technological advances far outweighs the risks.
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