Posts Tagged with Genetic engineering

  1. Should there be greater regulation of GMO’s?

    [ By on April 26, 2016 ]

    Just like Dr. Frankenstein lost control of his creation, the danger of GMOs, or “frankenfood,” once they are produced is that they can reproduce in possibly harmful ways for the humans who created them or for the rest of the environment. As technology advances, such as CRISPR, it has become easier to genetically modify organisms. With this increase in GMO’s, we are able to feed more and more people (even though there are still many countries where people are starving). GMO’s are also beneficial in that we are able to insert genes and create plants that are resistant to weeds, insects, and some diseases. We can also produce organisms that have a longer shelf life, can grow in harsher conditions, ...

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  2. Are Savior Siblings Ethical?

    [ By on March 18, 2016 ]

    Molly Nash was born with a fatal genetic disorder called Faconi-anemia, in which the only treatment is a bone-marrow transplant. If it were not for her brother, Adam, she most likely would have died before her 10th birthday from leukemia. Lisa and John Nash decided to have another baby in order to save their daughter, and with the help of Dr. John Wagner, they used in-vitro fertilization to create embryos that could be tested for Fanconi anemia and for the same tissue type as Molly. After many attempts of in-vitro fertilization, they finally got a healthy embryo that could be used for a bone marrow transplant, which Molly had soon after Adam was born. This anecdote about a savior sibling is ...

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