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Topics: Influenza, Genetically modified food, Immune system Pages: 1 (341 words) Published: April 27, 2014
1.What are the benefits of genetic engineering versus the potential risks?

Genetically modified foods have both pros and cons. One of the pros could be to modify a certain type of plant that is immune to a certain type of pesticide and mass produce this plant to save time. One of the Cons is that by altering this plant, you may run into a possible allergic reaction exposed to humans due to cross contamination by a genetically modified strain. Diseases can be prevented by genetically engineering vaccines. They could also be produced in larger quantities at a cheaper cost to the consumer. High risks are associated by these modified vaccines causing deadly nerve disease, respiratory infections, and myalgia just to name a few that are labeled on a GMO vaccine to fight Influenza.

2. What are your personal thoughts on genetic engineering? Do you think genetic engineering provides useful information for the scientific investigation of our natural world or do you think that we should not "mess with Mother Nature"? Explain and support your position.

I believe that genetic engineering does provide useful information. With the resources available through the advance technology we have now, has allowed scientist to test and produce preventive medicine to help with so many diseases. There are many risks that patients may be exposed to. However, the pros and cons need to be weighed to see if it’s worth the risks or not. GMO foods to a certain extend I believe is good, due to the scarce resources some regions experience in order for them to supply the demand. However to a certain extend I do believe that we should not “mess with Mother Nature” because the cross contamination will alter the original plant and at some point in the future it will loose it’s original identity.

Genetic Science Learning Center (2014, January 6) Learn.Genetics.utah.edu. Learn.Genetics. Retrieved April 14, 2014, from http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/

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