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CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is a gene editing method, it is cheap and time efficient; commonly genetic altercation would consume expenses and also time.
We all know that the long term effects of CRISPR are probably a danger for humanity. CRISPR’s very existence means eventually we’ll program humans into existence; we may even give them purpose and intent, before their initial birth, some are born for cooking, for building, to discover, to protect and serve; but for our generation, we won’t reach that far.
With everyone looking at CRISPR as a danger, fewer find it a helpful tool that can potentially “correct” some humans and alter their DNA to better themselves and for the greater good.
What is CRISPR
Since the discovery of the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (or for short DNA), we’ve been able to alter more than we could imagine. This essential discovery showed us that the human body defined by these DNA’s, along with every other living being in the universe.
DNA is made up of 4 nucleotides pairs which carry information on how YOU are made. We usually refer to these pairs as (A, T, C, G). Ultimately, if you change the arrangements or anything about the DNA, you will have made an altercation to that person, plant, bacteria, etc.
Back in the 1960’s scientists used a range of plants and blasted them full of radiation, to see what would happen to their genetic code and see what kind of random mutations can spawn.
In the 1970’s, scientists tampered with bacteria’s genetic code, inserting and tampering with their arrangements for research, medical and external reasoning. Within the same decade they also started to experiment with mice and created the first genetically born creature.
All of this was so expensive and time consuming to conduct these experiments, sometimes the research would be of waste:
CRISPR is a cheap and very time effective method of altering genetic code, usually the time to alter these 4 nucleotides are easy altered for people’s choice.
CRISPR allows scientists to alter living cells, to kill and activate any cell of their choice, and even allows us to study and research into sequencing of DNA and what their results are. CRISPR can be used on animals, bacteria, and even Humans now.
Now some people think there aren’t much benefits in this, and believe that it is only used for evil and selfish purposes, to alter humans and make them, in a sense, perfect.
This is not the case, there are many experiments going on around the world right now to make life easier for some.
Last year in China, twins were born with genetically engineered bodies; the purpose of this altercation was to make them ‘immune’ to the HIV disease, which would prevent them from getting AIDS. Scientists removed a gene named CCR5 to do this.
Along with protection from HIV, new research shows that this might potentially have ‘enhanced’ their brains and made them smarter, and recover better after a potential stroke.
Editing genes may make the body more effective in killing cancer cells, allow people to kill of their unnecessary and multiplying cells from their bodies.
In a recent research done within the US, it shows that conducting these trials, humans inserting genetically modified cells into cancer patients, would be safe and the results are ‘encouraging’.
As we are in the early stages of CRISPR and do not have much technology and experience with human altercations, there is still research being done in learning disability.
According to a report by NS, CRISPR has managed to ‘repair a genetic form of intellectual disability’; this experiment was done with a human brain in a dish and not yet on live brains.
Some might say that CRISPR is the eventual doom of humanity, these altering genes may eventually become commercially available for the public, which in turn will kill the ability to create different variations of humans.
Public image is becoming a bigger issue for people nowadays and this insecurity might impact a child’s life before it exists; parents may feel the need to create blue eyes, blonde hair, chiseled jawline children, because of their own insecurities.
Character & Soul
Personal experience is what makes a person grow internally, to have some sort of experience with a struggle or a difficulty is what defines us. Many people around the world have disabilities, they claim that this gives them purpose, this gave them experiences that an abled body wouldn’t know about, and that these life altering events is what makes them unique.
Would it be unethical to remove these disabilities then? They define some people and create their character, removing their obstacles would mean that you are redefining the person. Would it be ethical to keep the disabilities?
Personally, I think that CRISPR should be kept out of public availability, it should be kept to strictly medical facilities and science. Even within these institutions, we should only be looking for cures and the removal of current diseases, not looking for altering human bodies for greed.
It is both ethical and unethical, but we can ensure to keep it ethical. Using it for the purpose of creating the perfect baby? that’s a major NO.
Using it to heal the sick, or disabled, and alter babies with deformations, before their birth? thats a major YES.
Would you risk the chance of letting your child be born with a disability?
What do you think of CRISPR and its uses?
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