Clones, Genes, And Stem Cells: For The Good Of The People

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Suppose scientists could make enough food for the entire world, bring back long extinct animals, and cure fatal diseases? Scientists are curing fatal diseases through genetic research, and cloning is on its way to bringing back extinct animals. Even though there is opposition to each of these ideas, genetic manipulation/therapy, cloning and stem cells can improve human, animal and plant life, and should be funded because they have the potential to cure fatal diseases and return extinct animals to the planet. Through genetic modification, cloning and stem cells, this may become a reality.
Though there is opposition that states genetic modification is unethical because this change does not happen naturally, and cloning is too dangerous to research because there is the possibility that the clones may be dangerous, these ideas have more benefits than drawbacks.
Genetic modification is the direct human alteration of an organism’s genes in a way that does not occur under natural conditions. Genetic engineering of plants has the potential to protect those plants from parasites, thus increasing farm productivity.
“Scientists at Norwich, England, have isolated a ‘thermometer’ gene that plants use to sense temperature. Working with a mustard plant, they spent five years developing a mutant that had lost its ability to react to high temperatures — it grew as if the temperature were ideal. This gene could, within 10 years, allow development of crop plants that would better tolerate rising global temperatures or, conversely, to make them more tolerant of cold” (Brandon).
An article called “A New Future for Food” states that, “We must continue to modify crops, but that we must do so, ‘knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, and reverently’ because doing so otherwise is wrong” (Kimbrell).
Even the Vatican sees the necessity of, in the least, developing modified crops. “Papal advisors urge support for modified crops. Scientists have the right and a moral duty to be ‘stewards of God’ by genetically modifying crops to help the worlds poor” (Coghlan). Even those with religious viewpoints other than the Vatican are beginning to believe that genetic modification is in the best interest of the people and, in fact, the work of the divine. In James C. Peterson’s article, “Changing Human Nature: Ecology, Ethics, Genes, and God,” Peterson argues that “scientific research, with its potential to shape the world, is ‘part of the God-given mandate for human beings to share in the redemption and development of creation.’”
With viruses and bacterium evolving and becoming immune to our medicines, humans must become immune to the diseases. Scientists are studying our genetic patterns so that when they are altered, we will become more immune or resistant to disease. “Gene therapy involves transferring new genetic information into the nucleus of damaged or diseased cells to reprogram the cells, thus repairing them” (Tucker). In the book “Gene Therapy:...

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