The Debate over Genetic Engineering

Science is a benefactor of mankind. There are several views on science. Views become dire when the type of science at hand mingles with religion. One such science is genetic engineering. The study and practice of genetic engineering is a step up for some. It can be a step into blasphemy for others.

Obviously, to begin with, genetic engineering is approved by the government, or else millions of scientists wouldn’t freely study and practice it. Cloning and stem cell research are two very controversial matters in the public eye. Cloning can help to produce more desirable traits within a species. Stem cell Research can save lives. Many people buy improved medicines produced from genetically altered plants. Producers of food sometimes resort to cloned livestock and crops to better their business. People who have terminal illnesses look to stem cells to rejuvenate their health. The benefits are very numerous.

On the other hand, the media often poses the subject of genetic engineering, and it is often met with attacks from people who have a strong conscience. These are the types of people who stand outside of abortion clinics and yell out that murder is taking place. Religious activists argue that cloning goes against God’s will. Most of the disagreement comes with the fact in accordance to Christianity, life should only occur naturally through God’s purposes. People who have no problem with generic engineering argue that having an abortion or cloning one another is perfectly understood within their human rights. One thing is certain. All of the chaos over genetic engineering is detrimental to the health of a happy society.

To reach a compromise, both sides must meet on common ground. In order to reach this conclusion, it must be decided exactly how much genetic engineering is appropriate. For example, it would be okay to genetically alter plants in order to obtain a beneficial medicine. Abortion could be taken into greater consideration because, after all, every abortion is a potential life lost. Hypothetically, this solution should be very effective, however, it is entirely left up to each and every individual in real life to make a difference.