The science of biotechnology is aimed to benefit our country and the world around us. The problem lies at an ethical standpoint of how far should scientists take their experiments and how much they should apply it to the natural world. The problem has been occurring for a good amount of time due to the advancements of technology increasing everyday. A number of different people are involved with biotechnology including scientists, research students in college, the government, the military and many more.
The question of whether or not biotechnology should continue will become more relevant everyday.
While the discovery of biotechnology has brought this world numerous discoveries that are beneficial, there is always cause for worry when it comes to disrupting the natural process of evolution. Causes of the problem consist of ethical standpoint, effects in nature, genetically modifying, protests, etc. Biotechnology is used to create a larger profit in crops, longer lasting food and the prevention of insects killing crops which tremendously benefits our economy based on the success rate of profit and production.
Along with the nutritional benefits. There is the chance of a detrimental impact on animal life, disrupting the natural process of evolution and even creating a new species that causes more harm than good. Not to mention the future idea of genetically modifying our children.“We must address, individually and collectively, moral and ethical issues raised by cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence and biotechnology, which will enable significant life extension, designer babies, and memory extraction”(Klaus Schwab).
Although there are is aspects of good in the advancement of genetic engineering, there is a question of how far the world will take it. When the world makes a decision on their next step forward, it is almost impossible to stop it. One can try to protest it but rather they should try to get regulations on the ideals they don’t believe in. One of the most questionable actions of biotechnology is genetically modifying humans. While there has been research and experiments to learn, most countries have not yet legislated on genetic modification in human reproduction, but of those that have, all have banned it.“I don’t think we are going to see superman or a split in the species any time soon, because we just don’t know enough”(Henry Greely): New drug discoveries, genetically modified children, cures to rare diseases, biotechnology will pay economic, social and environmental dividends, and solves problems for food shortages around the world.
While the concerning issues are still in their early stages of growth, the future of biotechnology is much closer than we think. The ratio of humans who believe that biotechnology is harmful is very drastic in comparison to the many people who are for the idea of genetically engineering. The funding from the government, the millions of scientists around the world wanting to learn more, the support it has from many companies and institutions, farmers, etc. The barriers are powerful enough to move forward the advancement of genetic engineering and biotechnology in general.
“The way we’re really going to grow the economy is to invest in people, to invest in innovation, to have the federal government put money in the kind of research that will create the new high-technology, biotechnology industries that will create the millions of new jobs” (Joe Lieberman). Although the positives tend to outweigh the negatives, it comes down to how the world wants our future to look like and become. Regulations can be the most effective way to have both sides of the spectrum on biotech to be satisfied.
I believe that biotechnology is an impressive tool that our world has created for us but there is concern for the future. I believe there should be regulations set across the board for genetic engineering, specifically in the human embryos.“The Federal government has a coordinated, risk-based system to ensure that new biotechnology products are safe for the environment and human and animal health”(USDA). The advancement of biotechnology will also increase the regulations and supervision that control the development of genetic modifications.
Biotechnology is aimed to benefit the world around us but it could also bring unwanted issues and controversy. Biotechnology is an upcoming aspect of our future and will affect the entire world due to is vast variety of of issues it could solve. Government, colleges, worldwide funding, the positive effects of biotechnology, etc. Protest and work for regulations on the controversial aspects of genetically modifying species including humans. Science is always evolving and this is the next step in our future that could greatly affect the generations to come around the world.