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Bioethics Genetics Essay

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Genetic Technology
Eugenics is the study of or belief of improving the qualities of human populations. There are both positive and negative Eugenics. To discourage reproduction to prevent genetic defects is negative eugenics and encouraging inheriting desirable traits are known as positive eugenics. According to our key concepts Eugenics is the study of hereditary improvement of the human race by controlled selective breeding. I believe there is a point of going too far with manipulating genes to develop an advanced society  According to Kant’s Theory, “We are never to treat other people as if they do not matter or count, or as if they exist simply to fulfill our purposes. This Kantian ...view middle of the document...

We can compare it closer to the human race by a hypothetical situation in the movie called Gattaca. “The film presents a biopunk vision of a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are selected through preimplantation genetic diagnosis to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents.[1] The film centers on a fictional character, who was conceived outside of the eugenics program and struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of traveling into space” (Niccol, 1997). I see that genetic discrimination posing a huge threat to a society based on Eugenics. “The movie draws on concerns over reproductive technologies which facilitate eugenics, and the possible consequences of such technological developments for society.” (Niccol, 1997).
On the opposing side there are some valid reasons to Eugenics or Genetic Manipulation, but the number one is to aid in the prevention of diseases, for instance Diabetes and the gene that tells the islet cells of Langerhans to produce insulin and what happens genetically in our immune system that now recognizes these cells as a foreign body and attacks them as if they were a virus or bacteria and by changing these genes they would no longer recognize them as being foreign and the person would not become diabetic or if found early enough may be able to reverse the diagnosis.
Eugenics even with the...

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