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June 12, 2024

Do you believe that the benefits of genetic engineering outweigh its ethical concerns?




Total votes: 12

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  1. SensibleHalibut1
    34.5

    No, I think genetic engineering is not ethical when done for physical attributes or those for cognitive attributes. This makes the natural tendencies of the child looked down upon.

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  2. CleverHalibut
    13.5

    While there may be some benefits to practice, such as the elimination of genetic defects or diseases. The unethical means that it would take to accomplish proper research outweigh the proposed. …Read MoreWhile there may be some benefits to practice, such as the elimination of genetic defects or diseases. The unethical means that it would take to accomplish proper research outweigh the proposed benefits. Even if such effects were to be proven in animals, there is a risk those effects would present differently in humans. This is a risk too great to ask one to take, especially considering those undertaking the risk would largely be unborn children who have no option to consent. Read Less

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  3. LuckyHusky1
    16.5

    I think if the genetic engineering is for health problems, then yes it does outweigh the ethical concerns. However, if genetics are being engineered for physical qualities and benefits, then I think …Read MoreI think if the genetic engineering is for health problems, then yes it does outweigh the ethical concerns. However, if genetics are being engineered for physical qualities and benefits, then I think this is taking advantage of this ability to alter DNA. There needs to be regulations and supervision in place to make sure these practices are not being abused. Read Less

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  4. CleverKoala3
    9

    No because I think genetic engineering can cause unintended problems. Additionally, its use can move from beneficial to taking advantage of technology for personal reasons that are not for the greater …Read MoreNo because I think genetic engineering can cause unintended problems. Additionally, its use can move from beneficial to taking advantage of technology for personal reasons that are not for the greater good. Read Less

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  5. CleverTiger3
    31.5

    The benefits of genetic engineering do not outweigh its ethical concerns. These altercations should not be done solely because someone wants to change their appearance. Animals can be harmed in the …Read MoreThe benefits of genetic engineering do not outweigh its ethical concerns. These altercations should not be done solely because someone wants to change their appearance. Animals can be harmed in the process, and it might not have the same effect on humans. Read Less

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  6. DeterminedLobster4
    7.5

    I think that the benefits of genetic engineering in some cases outweigh the ethical concerns. It depends on what the genetic engineering is for. In cases of one’s health, I think that the benefits do …Read MoreI think that the benefits of genetic engineering in some cases outweigh the ethical concerns. It depends on what the genetic engineering is for. In cases of one’s health, I think that the benefits do outweigh the ethical concerns. However, I do not think the benefits outweigh the ethical concerns in cosmetic and non-life-threatening cases. Read Less

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  7. WittyDeer4
    21

    I think it depends on the context of what the engineering is for and what the ethical concerns are. I think genetic research and testing is very important especially in helping to find cures to …Read MoreI think it depends on the context of what the engineering is for and what the ethical concerns are. I think genetic research and testing is very important especially in helping to find cures to diseases, particularly genetic ones. But at the same time it is important to do so with ethical parameters. I think when it comes to medical cases like cures or treatments it would be okay to use genetic engineering, but besides that, the ethical concerns might take over. Read Less

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  8. GenerousButterfly2
    9

    Genetic engineering is a big umbrella term which has a lot of different implications. In the case of GMOs for instance, i believe the ethical concerns of disrupting ecosystems and such can be taken …Read MoreGenetic engineering is a big umbrella term which has a lot of different implications. In the case of GMOs for instance, i believe the ethical concerns of disrupting ecosystems and such can be taken with a pinch of salt as this occurs quite rarely. However, I become more ethically concerned when the genetic engineering/cloning of humans comes into play. Parents in IVF can currently choose to discard an embryo with birth defects or disorders and to what extent is the line drawn around this selection of ‘preferred’ characteristics? What happens when parents want to choose or modify an embryo with certain genes for hair thickness/colour for convenience? It’s evident that a clear line needs to be drawn around how far genetic engineering can go and in what contexts it can be instituted. Read Less

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  9. GraciousPolar Bear4
    10.5

    I worry that if such practices got into the wrong hands, it could be used in very unethical ways. I’m hesitant to give this question a definitive yes or no, but a maybe seems pretty appropriate.

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  10. pool
    9

    On the one hand, genetic engineering can help tremendously with hunger alleviation and protecting against drought/crop failure. On the other hand, many of these crops have lost a lot of nutritional …Read MoreOn the one hand, genetic engineering can help tremendously with hunger alleviation and protecting against drought/crop failure. On the other hand, many of these crops have lost a lot of nutritional value, and corporations have engineered them in ways that prevent the average person from growing their own. Read Less

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  11. CalmElk
    9

    I believe that the benefits of genetic engineering will not outweigh its consequences because we have seen technology have unintended disastrous effects in a multitude of cases. For instance, certain …Read MoreI believe that the benefits of genetic engineering will not outweigh its consequences because we have seen technology have unintended disastrous effects in a multitude of cases. For instance, certain pesticides have been shown to cause serious health issues. Generic engineering could easily be another case like this with unintended, negative consequences. Read Less

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