ESSAY 1—– DUE 03/31/23
TOPIC: – Gene Editing: Creating the Designer Human
Posts are comprised of three elements:
1. Your original post (OP), responding to the topic as described
1. 450-500 words 2 pages
2. Your OP should be written in APA format (see the “APA Style Guide” under the
3. Sources must be cited. PLAGIARISM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
4. Write professionally. Do not employ text shorthand, emojis, or the like.
FOLLOWING MATERIAL FOR ESSAY 1
READ BOTH FILES: – CRISPR…, Crispr .DOCX
Link to readings:
Scientists Disagree About the Ethics and Governance of Human Germline Editing – The Hastings Center
What are the Ethical Concerns of Genome Editing?
Rapidly advancing technologies are creating the potential to alter the human genome by changing DNA through “gene editing” techniques. Just ten years ago, this would have been thought by most to be science fiction. Now it’s an emerging science reality.
Should we have concerns? It has the promise of providing therapies for debilitating and even fatal illnesses. It also opens the door for creating “designer babies”. Want your child to have blue eyes? Want your child to have a superior IQ? Let’s explore where all this might lead and discuss the ethical issues arising from its use.
Carefully review the links in this week’s module folder titled “Gene Editing: Creating the Designer Human”. You are encouraged to go beyond these links to other resources.
In your ESSAY, describe your reactions to what you have learned. Do you think the idea of gene editing is ethical in itself? Do you see it as another medical miracle to be wholeheartedly embraced, or should society place limits and controls on its use? If so, what limits would you impose?
Be sure to cite your references “in text” and list them at the end of your ESSAY.