The Big Question

 

 

Introduction

 

DNA

As you have learned, genetic engineering is a very complex subject. You have only touched the surface of this issue which has many aspects.  There are wonderful advances as well as scary consequences that must be investigated as we move forward into this science. 

Bioethics is the discipline which studies issues in the biological sciences.  Bioethicists are people who study and make opinions on these topics that can sometimes affect political decisions. As more of these futuristic techniques are used in our world, mankind will question whether they are morally ethical. Using all of your newfound knowledge, consider the following questions.

Print this page and answer each of the questions using the websites below.  

Short Answers
Use the websites listed below as well as any of the previous websites used in your research.

19.  List and explain five benefits of genetic engineering.  You may use any of the 
     subtopics you researched in the previous pages.
     http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/science_and_impacts/impacts_genetic_engineering/potential-benefits-of-
          genetic.html

     http://www.biotecharticles.com/Genetics-Article/What-are-the-Benefits-of-Genetic-Engineering-
      91.html

     http://science.howstuffworks.com/cloning4.htm
     http://www.msu.edu/~pierce28/atl/pros.html

     http://www.buzzle.com/articles/benefits-of-genetic-engineering.html

 

20.  List and explain five risks of genetic engineering.  You may use any of the
     subtopics researched in the previous pages.
    
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/genetic-engineering
     http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/GEessays/gedanger.htm
     http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/campaign/genetically-engineered-food/crops/
     http://www.msu.edu/~pierce28/atl/cons.html  
     http://www.safe-food.org/-issue/fda.html


  "The Big Question"
After all the information you have learned, you can see how powerful a tool genetic engineering can be.  Hopefully mankind will use it for good, but as with all beneficial discoveries, we have to make sure unethical people don't use if for harm. 

Here is the big question that you must ponder......

Is genetic engineering morally ethical in the following areas?    Why?
           -  transgenic animals and plants (GMOs)
           -  gene therapy
           -  cloning

Write a three paragraph essay discussing the above question.  If you completely answer the question with supporting examples, it will be worth up to 10 extra credit points on the test.  There is no right or wrong answer.  It is your opinion, but you must support your position with examples.

Good luck!

 

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