How dangerous or beneficial is genetic engineering?
Title says it all.
- ExplorerLv 48 years agoFavorite Answer
Everything can prove to be beneficial if used in a proper way.
Let's review the definition of genetic engineering once again--
It is the branch of science dealing with the correction of nature's mistake at the level of hereditary unit-- the DNA and to improve the quality of organism for specific purposes by implanting desired genes.
Genetic engineering is comparatively a new discipline of applied science, but within a short span of time has shown tremendous progress. The probable fields of its applications are-- medicine, agriculture, industry, environmental improvement, etc. The main objectives of genetic engineering is the study of genes in human, animals and plants with a view of knowing their nucleotide sequence and their specific roles.
Its true that the genetic experiments can also have dangerous consequences. For example-- The plasmid causing drug resistance in bacteria is a serious concern for public health. If a resistant bacteria come in contact with many susceptible bacteria, the plasmids carrying drug resistance may be transferred to other bacteria through conjugation and thereafter pass on the next generations. But these cases are hardly found to occur in reality.
In contrast to its probable negative effects, the beneficial aspects of genetic engineering is much broader.
- Ray;mondLv 78 years ago
Genetic engineering will be a powerful tool for both good and evil. I find it hard to be optimistic about the net effects, due to declining morals, ethics and increasing lies. Neil