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Frankenstein: "Playing God" Advancements In Biomedical Techology

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The fact that there have been many advancements in biomedical technology over the years have given us the ability to cure and prevent diseases that have once devastated the human population. These breakthroughs have allowed people to live longer and healthier lives, yet others believe that it runs the risk of “playing God” and that such matters should be left into the hands of a higher power. Today, this ethical debate still continues to raise questions on whether these scientific breakthroughs are morally acceptable. While I support the use of scientific breakthroughs, I believe that it should only be used for human benefit to cure those who are suffering from cancer. This approach seems more reasonable than using this technology to choose one’s eye color or keep someone on life support just because it is something that can be done, whether or not that is acceptable or not.

To start with, scientific breakthroughs are necessary to improve human health and longevity. With the advancements in biotechnology there comes the opportunity to cure diseases that once devastated the population which allows for a healthier generation of people. For example, many vaccinations for diseases such as H1N1 have been popular in order to avoid being caught with the virus. Vaccinations have been used for years because of their ability to prevent diseases from spreading where they normally would have infected hundreds to thousands of people otherwise. This leads not only to a healthier majority of people but also healthier children/future generations thanks to the vaccinations. Additionally, such scientific breakthroughs help improve the lives of children who are born prematurely, such as myself. Without the advanced technology that was available at the time I was born I would not have been able to survive. With scientists looking to identify the major causes of premature birth increases the chance of more premature babies living to adulthood and leading healthier lives due to these advancements in the medical and scientific fields. Furthermore, the majority of the public (52%) states that advancements in medicine (i.e. health care) is one of the ways that science has positively affected society. Another 24% of people state disease research as another factor of scientific breakthroughs that have enhanced society throughout the years. Even 4% consider stem cell research as another benefactor in how science has helped the population. With these statistics, it is undeniable that scientific breakthroughs have proposed better outcomes for humanity than bad.

On the other hand, there are some people who believe that we should acknowledge that there are limits to human health and nature should be allowed to take its course. Additionally, it is questionable that these technological advancements would be considered beneficial or morally acceptable for humanity. Moreover, the ability to use such technology is noted in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, where protagonist Victor...

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