This is a poster covering the topic of ethical and moral issues within the realm of genetic engineering/synthetic biology. I just recently wrote a research paper on this and all of the information comes from that! Thanks for checking it out!
July 22, 2022
Ethical Issues Within Synthetic Biology
- Melinda Wilson
- July 22, 2022
- Peyton Perrin
- Biology, Science
July 27, 2022 — 1:01 pm
I really loved that you indulged in the idea of ethical and moral issues when it comes to genetic engineering/synthetic biology. The topic can be interesting when exploring the possibilities of what’s next and discovering the background history of how far we have come. I also like that you considered different viewpoints and shared the pros and cons of these discoveries.
This presentation really correlates with another kind of genetic mutating that occurs in animals. The project that was introduced to me by Professor Wilson was the idea of “Genpets”. Animals that are genetically mutated have certain characteristics that are assigned based on how the gene structure was built.
If you are interested, try reading the product manual listed on the genpets website.
July 29, 2022 — 10:57 am
Hello Peyton, I really liked that you decided to look into the ethical issues side of biology. I feel like this is something very important, that not as many people take the time to really look into. I learned quite a bit from reading your project. It is clear to see that genetic modification is becoming more relevant as time goes on, but something I typically wonder is if that’s really a good thing or not. I do agree with the pros in your project, such as how genetic modification can help to stop the spread of hereditary diseases. By understanding how to modify different genes, in the future we could potentially have real cures to serious diseases. I just feel like in a lot of cases it can be risky, or just weird in general like the fact that down the line you could genetically modify and choose how you want certain features to look on your children.
July 29, 2022 — 10:31 pm
I’m very interested in the problem of gene mutation you discussed. And I fully agree with the moral problems faced by genetic engineering you mentioned. I remember when genetically modified food just appeared, many people didn’t agree with it. Some people think that genetically modified food will cause cancer. But in fact, this is a fear of the unknown, rather than the real evidence that genetically modified food can cause cancer. I think genetic engineering will be of great help to human health and food improvement.
July 29, 2022 — 10:42 pm
Hello Peyton, this is a well done presentation. I agree with the cons of genetic modification and that having too much control in gene mutation causes a humane, moral, and ethical problem. Part of life is that everything happens naturally and shouldn’t be forced as part of nature. I do agree that gene modification does have benefits such as preventing diseases and illnesses caused before birth or that might happen within a few week after birth. I think that gene modification should be used to prevent abnormalities and not to take advantage of it to change the fetus’s characteristics.
December 12, 2022 — 6:12 pm
Hello Peyton, nice presentation. I agree with many of the pro’s and con’s you listed regarding genetic modification. The thought that we would be able to cure or manage diseases that are devastating or require invasive treatments currently is exciting. The idea of applying it for genetic enhancement rather than as a therapeutic could be frightening. Without limits set I could see people playing God, and who really knows what that would end up looking like.