Is Gene Editing immoral?

As I was reading through the National Geographic articles that detail CRISPR technology I found many things that were interesting.  The example that I found myself knowing the least about was the Golden rice which is why I found myself wanting to know more.  Golden rice is a hot topic because it is a valuable food.  This is explained in much better detail by Michael Spector when he says, “Golden rice, for example, is a GMO engineered to contain genes necessary to produce vitamin A in the edible part of the grain– something that doesn’t happen naturally in rice plants” (Spector, pp. 3/6).  When I said that this was a valuable food I meant that it’s essential to have in countries so kids develop correctly.  Every single year almost half a million children in countries trying to develop go blind because of a lack of Vitamin A.  So, in conclusion the exhilarating aspects of Golden rice are that there is a way of inputting Vitamin A into many new foods.  Vitamin A is critical for young developing children.  It’s a method that has been going on by farmers for many years.  On the other hand, the frightening aspects are that anytime you inject something into a plant it isn’t natural.  It’s for a good cause but it’s not completely safe and there are cleaner ways to get Vitamin A into the equation.  CRISPR would make everything much easier but it isn’t completely proven that it’s safe.

 

A big question that has been pondered for a long time is whether or not gene editing should be done on humans.  I would say no to human gene editing.  We cannot go ahead and do something this risky on humans without knowing that it’s safe completely.  I know that gene editing and stem cells have been performed before but at the same time there has been a percent of people that retracted diseases because this.

 

 

1 thought on “Is Gene Editing immoral?”

  1. Hi there Will! I like that you used this topic to bring up if Gene-Editing is moral or not. I agreed and liked with alot of your paper but i disagreed with your stance on not using CRSPR technology on humans. I believe that if we learn a little more about the new technology, the endless possibilities of medical advancements and human health await us. We could help cure so many hereditary diseases that could help improve human life spans and quality of life. If we decided to not use CRSPR on humans, i believe it would be a big mistake for human kind. It was a great blog to read and great job!

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