One example from the readings about CRISPR technology that is both exhilarating and frightening is the research discussed in Specter’s paper. The specific part that amazed me was the research going towards eradicating the possibilities of mosquitos being able to carry diseases. I find this so fascinating because I can’t even fathom just how many lives will change if that research becomes reality. Mosquitos carry “dengue fever, which infects as many as 400 million people a year, as well as such increasingly threatening pathogens as chikungunya, West Nile virus, and Zika” (Spencer pg.1). Being able to change the mosquito’s ability to carry all of these very dangerous and deadly viruses could help not only in third world countries where we most often think of mosquitos are a problem, but would also help in America and other 1st world countries. Overall, it’s just fascinating to consider the possible lives we could save by doing this one things with CRISPR technology.
I personally don’t agree with gene editing being done on humans because I am of the mind that there are more options than basically designing the perfect child. If anyone else has seen the movie GATTACA, they might feel the same because that movie shows how the perfect child is treated better than others and I feel that if we started seriously and regularly designing perfect children, down the line, the babies born of love and unknown possibilities would not be seen as good and I feel like we should not force the human race into that sort of situation.