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Negative Effects of Technology

Feb 11, 2004 778 Words
For a while now, science has been a mystery to man, leading him to want to discover

more and more about it. This in many aspects is dangerous to our society, being that

scientific developments in new studies have been advancing too quickly for our minds to

comprehend. Things such as cloning, organ donation, and pesticides, are things that the

world may sometimes find useful, when in reality, it only brings civilization down.

"Raising science to the status of godhood carries with it inherit risks that demand careful

consideration."

Developmental experiments such as cloning have been successful, but they bring along

with them some very negative results, for example, in some early experiments in animal

cloning some potential dangers had been encountered, cloned cows developed faulty

immune systems, other projects which created cloned mice, grew obese, and in most

studies, cloned animals seemed to grow old faster and die younger than the usual

members of the species. When adding on to the human race, not only are we increasing

our huge population rate, but we are also adding humans and animals that have defects as

well as a short life span. It would be a waste of our government's money to bring

something to life, that we will have to take extra care of, just to have it die in just a matter

of weeks as quick as a goldfish dies.

When talking about organ donation, people usually think that it is a great

discovery and that scientists have made a break through in this portion of the medical

field, with out knowing how highly the chances of ineffectiveness this procedure has.

"The immune system attacks anything that lacks histocompatibility antigens or has

antigens different from those found in the rest of the body, such as those found on

invading viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms." This recognition system causes the

immune system to attack transplanted tissues that have different antigens because it has

no way to tell the difference between harmful and helpful organisms, therefore causing

the body to reject the organ which causes infection in the person body. Also donated

organs go to the patient who is nearest death, even though a healthier patient might

benefit more by living longer after the transplant. "A drug called tacrolimus (FK-506)

was found to be even more effective for kidney, liver, heart, and lung transplants.

However, patients who take this drug still face some increased risk of infection and

cancer, and the drug can cause kidney damage." This shows proof that when a scientist

try's to "play god" they're plans are ineffective, and that no matter how much you try to

perfect the human body, negative things will be of a greater outcome.

Another "improvement" in our society is the creation of pesticides. When I child is growing up, they need to eat their fruits and veggies so their not so tough immune systems can grow stronger, but when you have such strong pesticides being sprayed in crop fields, it makes it difficult to feed your kids these things, children cannot convert these toxins in to harmless chemicals as quickly as adults can. The largest hazard out of all of them, is the fact that they can also cause many people to be susceptible to illness and disease. "Most pesticides are synthetic chemicals derived from petroleum. They were first developed as offshoots from nerve gas used during WWI.A National Cancer Institute study indicated that the likelihood of a child contracting leukemia was more than six times greater in households where herbicides were used for lawn care. "According to the New York State Attorney General's office, the EPA considers 95% of the pesticides used on residential lawns to be probable cause of an abnormal growth of tissue." Pesticides have also been linked to a huge rise in the rate of breast cancer, and besides causing cancer, pesticides are most likely to cause infertility, birth defects, learning disorders, mental disorders, allergies, and multiple chemical sensitivities, along with other disorders of the immune system. Though scientist did try to eliminate bugs with the use of pesticides, they have created an even bigger problem. Now, more than ever, people are susceptible to certain illnesses because of this "breakthroughs".

In the end most people don't realize that this so called "industrial revolution" in the medical as well as chemical field hasn't done much for us to be excited about. It has only put us back, by having us research for cures for the illnesses that these "revolutions" have brought us. In the end no one can create life, alter it, nor destroy it but god himself.

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