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.