Genetic Manipulation: The Coming of a New Age
There is one chemical that holds the secret of life, the universe, and everything. It contains the instructions for making everything from single celled organisms to a human being with millions upon billions of specialized cells. The chemical I speak of is called deoxyribonucleic acid, or what you may know as DNA. It is in the process of changing our world, and it may have already begun to do so. But the question is whether or not altering this miraculous natural occurrence is worth the moral effects it could have on society. As It stands today, Genetic Manipulation is the greatest innovation in modern scientific history!
Though, what can Genetic Manipulation do for us? Human Genetic Engineering as a whole possesses the ability to enhance man’s natural wrights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the likes of which follow the lines of enhancing the longevity of human life, the prospect of isolating mental and extracting aspects of mental disorders, and of course the aspiration of “designer babies”.
Throughout history we can see evidence to support my claim, even back unto the dawn of man its self. When we look back through the history and the origin of Neanderthals we can observe three stages of evolution, as according to Stephen Hawking, “The first wave of evolution is what we think of as Darwinian evolution”. During this phase of evolution organisms lived in a series of particular social and ecological niches and environments, through which “random” genetic manipulation occurred. Once human beings emerged from this specific series of Darwinian evolution we began to alter the environment in which we lived and attempted to take control and understand the world in which we lived. By changing our environment we put pressures on our bodies to evolve along with the rapid rate at which civilization was moving along, though we have not yet been able to keep up with the world around us. This bring us in to…