Morrison 1Kathleen MorrisonInstructor: Malcolm CampbellEnglish 1103Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Genetic Engineering Advancements Leading to Super Humans or Split Society?
Have you ever looked into the mirror and noticed the similarities between yourself andyour parents? This is because you are a mixture of the genetic makeup given to you by yourMother and Father. What if, in the future, when someone looked at themselves they noticed nosimilarities between how they look and how their parents look because they were given the
“desired” traits. What if you never got sick or hurt? Genetic engineering is evolving
, it hasbecome more popular in certain crops to make them grow faster and be resistant to pesticides.Not only has it become popular in plants, but animals and humans as well. What couldadvancements in genetic engineering hold for the human race in the future? A possible answer isa new race or a split in society of haves and have-nots.Before genetic engineering became known there was a question of what held ourhereditary material. In the year 1869, Friedrich Miescher discovered DNA. He used cloths
stained in soldier’s blood to study the proteins within white blood cells. White blood cells are
cells a part of the immune system that digests bacterium. While examining the protein s he cameacross something unfamiliar, nucleic acid (DNA). After the research of Miescher, PhoebusLevene continued the investigation by studying the structure of DNA.