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  1. Introduction
  2. The controversy of morality
  3. Gene therapy
  4. Faulty genetics or genetic expression
  5. The process of inserting a new and functional gene
  6. The cystic fibrosis
  7. The current gene therapy
  8. The moral issues surrounding gene therapy
  9. The common mode
  10. Aspects of genetic engineering
  11. Genetic engineering and pharmaceutical industry
  12. Cloning
  13. Conclusion
  14. References

The purpose of this essay is to thoroughly discuss the principles as well as the advantages versus the moral issues of gene therapy and genetic engineering. Multiple aspects of biotechnology centered on the topic of gene therapy will be analyzed and elaborated on. Particularly, gene therapy innovations in cystic fibrosis will be examined. Additionally, aspects of genetic engineering such as ?designer babies? and eugenics will be explored. In today's world, a controversy of morality and medicine is becoming considerably more and more debated with the rise of increasingly complicated and life threatening illnesses and the biotechnology that can offer hope of a cure.

[...] Perhaps to the parents who desire all female offspring with brown hair and hazel eyes, genetic engineering is the answer with few draw backs, but the overall picture of this scenario yields very mixed outcomes. Adolph Hitler too sought a specific generation of individuals with certain characteristics, and therefore not only brought the world to a Second World War but deprived the world of millions of innocent people simply because they did not fit his criteria for a specific generation. [...]


[...] The mode in which biotechnology and genetic engineering has evolved to the pharmaceutical industry is through the use of animals as virtual labs for the production of pharmaceuticals. Once again, the argument here is on behalf of the voiceless animals that are being exploited. Animals are also being cloned to move the field of genetics one step closer to doing the same in humans. The idea behind cloning human DNA is longevity and extended life spans for the original DNA donor. [...]


[...] In other words, some forms of gene therapy may transport the new genetic material directly into the host chromosome in the loci of the gene which was malfunctioning. The disease known as cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the exocrine system. It also directly affects the patient's ability to properly secrete and produce sweat and mucus. It is also detrimental to the pancreas and lungs. In the case of cystic fibrosis, the gene linked to the disease itself is known as CFTR and is located on chromosome protein for which CFTR is the genetic code is called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (The Doctor's Guide 1995)?. [...]

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