Do we have a moral obligation as a society to ensure that genetic engineering is pursued, or should we do everything possible to ensure that we do not open this Pandora’s box?

The answer to that question is simply that, “I don’t know.” Initially my attitude and thoughts towards this topic was “I don’t care, what happens happens you know?” I am a Grey’s Anatomy fan, but I think of a more appropriate way to say it is – obsessed. So whilst watching this series (when I …

Disagree or accept?

Dear blog readers, I would like to hear your advice for a dilemma that occurred to me at work. This happened on the stroke unit where acute stoke patients are treated after stroke until they can go to a rehab clinic or home (about 3-5 days usually I would say). I was assessing an about …

GENETIC ENGINEERING

DNA; the genetic make-up of every living organism Deoxyribonucleic acid is a power house of every living organism. This molecule carries important characteristics and instructions required for controlling growth, development, mental and physical health, and most importantly hereditary characteristics which are passed on to the next generation. Advancement in technology has resulted in manipulation of …

Eugenics & Ethics

“The selection of desired heritable characteristics in order to improve future generations, typically in reference to humans” (Wilson, 2017). This bold statement grasps one’s attention. Everyone wants to make a change and teach their children to be better human beings, especially from experiences of what not to do. Eugenics can make that happen without the …

Observing human nature through ‘the Sims’ to question the outcome of the rapidly evolving genetic engineering technology

Humans have been artificially modifying organisms for centuries, whether it is bacteria, plants or animals. Initially this was just in the form of selective breeding, a process which takes years to reveal its results with most of the control in nature’s hands (Bushak, 2015) (Rangel, 2015). Over time, it has become a more invasive process not only …