The example that stood out to me is from the DNA-Revolution article when Specter talks about the work of George Church. Church is working on trying to make pig organs suitable for transplant in Humans (Specter, pg. 3). This work, if successful could lead to huge changes in transplant technology but could also cause serious side effects and death. In my opinion using CRISPR in Humans is a dangerous road and needs to be monitored closely. However, I do see benefits in using it in some cases such as mosquitos. If Church’s work is successful the number of lives saved for people needing transplants will be huge. This could be used worldwide to save hundreds of thousands of people. On the other hand, this could potentially cause serious problems in the future. Church removed all 62 occurrences of PERV genes at once. This raises the question is this process successful every time? In addition to the human side of consequences we have to look at the pig side as well. Will this lead to the genetic modification of pigs and raising them just for transplant organs? I think this process could benefit humans but has to many uncertainties to use currently.
I don’t think gene editing should be done on humans. The process could lead to a vast array of unforeseen problems in the future. Altering the human state may lead to more diseases that then again must be changed. By trying to create a perfect world we would have to sacrifice possibly many lives and species to keep the human race “healthy.”