Current Controversies: Genetic Engineering, 1st Edition

  • Susan Henneberg
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  • ISBN-10: 153450009X
  • ISBN-13: 9781534500099
  • DDC: 572.8
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 164 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released August 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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As scientists continue to make genetic breakthroughs, society inches ever closer to confronting the stuff horror movies are made of. Cloning a mourned pet is simply strange, but the thought of human cloning is terrifying. Manipulating genes to reduce genetic disease is encouraging only until we consider the ethical implications of potentially creating a master race. Genetically engineering crops and animals can address many problems like disease, climate change, and world hunger, but altering the environment could have catastrophic results for Earth. Articles presenting these issues from persuasive points of view help readers understanding the controversies surrounding genetic engineering today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Should the Genetic Engineering of Babies Be Prohibited?.
1: Overview: Genetic Engineering of “Designer Babies” May Soon Be Possible.
2: Genetically Modifying Humans Can Have Unforeseen Consequences.
3: Human Traits Are Too Complex to Be Genetically Modified.
4: Genetically Editing Human Embryos Can Have Positive Effects.
5: “Designer Babies” Can Have a Positive Impact on Society.
Should We Be Afraid of Human Cloning?.
6: Overview: Though Reproductive Cloning Has Ethical Issues, Therapeutic Cloning Shows Promise.
7: All Human Cloning Must Be Banned.
8: Human Cloning Crosses Numerous Ethical Boundaries.
9: Human Cloning Should Be Embraced.
10: Human Cloning Offers Medical Benefits.
Is Genetically Modified Food Good for the World?.
11: Overview: The Safety of Genetically Modified Food Continues to Be Assessed and Debated.
12: Genetically Modifying Plants Can Save Endangered Species.
13: Genetically Modified Crops Are Increasing in the US with Positive Results.
14: GMO Foods Are Unsafe, Unhealthy, and Harm the Environment.
15: Genetically Modified Foods Pose Ethical Questions.
Is the Genetic Engineering of Animals Ethical?.
16: Overview: Animals Are Genetically Engineered for a Variety of Purposes and Are Closely Regulated.
17: Genetically Engineering Animals Can Provide High-Quality Food.
18: Genetic Engineering Can Fight Disease in Animals.
19: Genetically Modifying Animals Causes Serious Health Problems.
20: Many Issues with GM Animals Still Debated.
Organizations to Contact.