Science vs. Nature

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  • Topic: Genetics, Medical genetics, Human
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  • Published : April 24, 2011
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In today’s society there are many debates from education reform, finance reform, gender and racial equity to genetic engineering and cloning. Many of these issues can be related back to nineteenth-century American literatures. For example, the debate over genetic engineering and cloning can be related to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”. Genetic engineering and cloning has been a heated debate for a long time. Genetic engineering may work wonders but it is after all a process of manipulating the nature. A similar situation was also presented in Hawthorne’s literature “The Birthmark”. In his story, the main character believed science can fix everything. He decided science would make the mark on his wife’s face disappear, which he did but she died once her mark was removed. The idea of genetic engineering has been a very heated topic of discussion lately. The possibilities of this topic range from cloning to gene therapy and eugenics. The most recent type, eugenics through gene therapy has created a lot of controversy. Eugenics is the study of how to improve human genetic heritage. This basically is the engineering of babies. The thought of these new designer babies raises many new questions. What are the consequences of these advances? Is it right to design an embryo in a certain way to make it into what the parents want it to be? These are just a couple of the very important questions raised by this issue. As the debate to whether eugenics should be allowed rages on, the technology comes closer to making this possibility into a reality. The way in which this new technology will be used is by correcting genetic problems in embryos. This will allow any defects of the child to be seen. If the unborn child is perfectly healthy, no changes will be made. If a problem is spotted, the parents may turn to abortion or gene therapy. Gene therapy is the treatment of genetic diseases by introducing genetic material into the patients’ genes. This new process of...
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