One aspect of genetic engineering that is both exhilarating and frightening was brought up by Michael Specter in National Geographic. He says that genetic modification will affect generation after generation in a family line (Specter, 1). The reason this is exhilarating is it can rid genetically caused diseases from families. Parents don’t have to worry about dealing with genetic diseases or paying for hospital bills when it comes to their children. Moreover, couples with diseases in their family will have the opportunity to have children when some would avoid it for the wellbeing of their kids. The reason this is frightening is mistakes or unintended consequences could become part of the next generation’s genetic code. The fear is that a mistake will not be noticed immediately and may become a problem for the person or family.
It is hard to decide whether or not gene editing should be used on humans. For starters, I would like to hear more debates surrounding it and the processes in performing it. Specter details the process of using Cas9 to cut DNA and using an RNA guide that directs the scalpel to nucleotides (Specter, 2). Much of the debate around the process, especially from a religious perspective, does come from the use of and or loss of embryos. I think the most difficult part of saying no to genetic editing is denying people that struggle with terrible genetic diseases the opportunity to avoid passing those problems on. It is hard to say no to preventing diseases and avoiding expensive hospital bills, being in pain and hospitals, the problem with the process of being diagnosed, and having to use medication in whatever form is necessary. I honestly do not know enough about how reliable the process of genetic engineering is. I think I would be more open to it if I had more information about the consequences/if there were more that could be unintended.