Research for Uncertainty

With CRISPR technology, scientists can remove a targeted gene from the germ-line cell of an offspring within a certain species. That gene would be attributed to desired characteristics amongst that species and could be intentionally introduced into a population in which it would be ensured to have a nearly 100 percent inheritance amongst all of that species population. In its most simplistic form, the process of adjusting genes within species by cross breeding them amongst offspring has been around for thousands of years, but CRISPR is much more precise. That precision can be used today for efficiency purposes such as the transgenic fish that are bred to consume less feed and are able to live in isolation close to the cities, making it easier for fishermen to reproduce and capture. This techno-fix jumped out to me as the article then supports this alteration by the fact that less gas would be needed to drive to capture these fish. Given the fact that the world is in a pandemic due to the consumption of a possibly undercooked bat, who knows the power of large consumptions of transgenic fish. While I prioritize the environment just as much as anyone else, I find that a few less miles of gas per day may be claimed to be worth it economically to save a few bucks everyday, but to use location with environmental justification when in reality the alteration of this species may cause unforeseen consequences amongst its entire ecosystem (at large, our Earth) and must forego loads of research. This is a classic case of greedy businessmen prioritizing the dollar over the Earth that can only serve them for so long. It is appealing that this technology may contribute to a cure for diseases like AIDS, but when editing genes within the human body we must remember that this genetic lottery that we would be then reweighing amongst future populations, would be just that, only impacting those future populations genes, at best. While it gives us great hope for what our future can be like, CRISPR technology has so many questions to answer and research to ensure that the question of the entire process’ value comes into light as we start to prioritize other scientific research funding amongst governments, such as for the environment and climate change.

One thought on “Research for Uncertainty

  1. This is well written with amazing voice and flow in it. I really enjoyed your statement about the unknown affect gene editing would have on future generations and that is a huge question that needs to be answered. Do you think this will become a normal thing and if so when?


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