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Should Genetic Engineering Be Controlled by the Law

Should genetic engineering be controlled by law? Side A contends that yes, this technology should be stringently regulated and that deep consideration should be paid to the legal, ethical, and social issues scientists will face through the pursuit of this technology (Rabino, 366). Side B says no, this technology should not be restricted and insists that genetic engineering will revolutionize the healthcare industry and propel medicine into the 21st Century (Rabino, 365-366). However, it is only through careful contemplation of both sides of this delicate issue that an informed decision can be made concerning this issue. The American Heritage Dictionary defines the term ‘genetic engineering’ as the scientific alteration of the structure of genetic material in a living organism that involves the production and use of recombinant DNA and is used for the synthesis of human proteins and the creation of transgenic organisms (Genetic Engineering. Genetic Modification). The subject of genetic engineering is a highly inflammatory topic due to the nature of the power embodied by the mastery of such ability. One of the strongest arguments Side A poses against the allowance of genetic engineering is the technological blindness associated with the pursuit of technological advancements (Keulartz et al., 5). Opponents of genetic engineering fear the scientists will be so consumed with the possibility of performing acts never done before that the ethics of their ventures will be ignored and they will fail to consider whether their actions should be performed at all. The values, principles, norms, rules, and other societal considerations (Keulartz et al., 5) will be ignored in favor of the fame and wealth that is attributed to the ground-breaking advancements that have the potential to earn innovators millions. Genetic engineering will become a solely for-profit operation and the dangers to humanity will be ignored. Those that favor Side B view the ability to genetically engineer living cells as the next step in the human evolutionary process (Rabino, 366).