The DNA revolution gives scientists the power of rewriting the genetic code in humans, animals and plants. Darwin only observed the course of evolution: we can change it now.


Should we use the power to hack and edit DNA?


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Votes: 204

Short answer: Yes.... Long answer: human genetic modification (i.e. the modification of humans) must follow certain rules - 1) For the betterment of health. 2) not for frivolous reasons. These should be the core tenets of human genetic modification. Any possible GM treatment must go through the same review process as drugs go through so that we can assess the safety and viability of each separate treatment. But as a general rule: if we have the ability to cure a disease, then we should do so... As for agricultural and animal GM: as we saw recently with Monsanto, some companies may attempt to mislead the EU parliament and the public, which is why it is not enough that the companies carry out studies on their products, but the EU must hire its own researchers to carry out screening on every new GM product! Also, we must fund GMO development through non-private means as well, so we can produce non patented means of producing GMOs which can be used to start smaller GM companies. We must recognise that our current, overly restrictive laws hav created market barriers for small GM start-ups which are unfai and have made the GM market one ruled by an oligopoly. We must combat such anti-competitive systems and thus I suggest that we fund, not only public research, but also give subsidies to small GM firms an interfere in attempts of their hostile takeovers. Also we must ease the market barriers to the GM market. These are things we must do to make the GM market a competitive market. This competition will force companies like Monsanto to become more reactive to the wishes of the public... As a rule I am NOT against the genetic modification of our food aources nor the modification of other products e.g. cotton.... IN CONCLUSION: We must ensure that human modification is not frivolous but for the betterment of health. That treatment and food GMOs, especially, are tested for our safety. Their environmental impacts must so be assessed over long periods of time. We must make the GM market more competitive.

Votes: 164

Yes. If there is a way to remove the suffering we should do it. There is potencial in genetically personalized medical threatment and pharmacy. We could select embryos to remove genetical deceases. Growing tube organs is also promising. When it comes to imrovment of human performance much more and faster could be done with imprving food quality and avaiability, having more balanced lifestyle, and more supportive and stimulating society. We could experiment with fauna and flora DNA to have agral products more suitable for our needs.

Votes: 259