Gentics And The New World Essay

1353 WordsFeb 20, 20116 Pages
Genetics and the New World It has been shown throughout human history that there are many people, individually, in groups, or as governments, who wish to control the future of humanity through its biology. The theories of eugenics have prepared particular structure to these fantasies. The greatest peril in them is the idea that humanity should be shaped to some definite ideological or biological mold. Man will be able to create such super-species without the strict limitations imposed by natural selection. As time passes the main concerns and morals of humanity stay the same. The only variables that change are the names, times and places. There is a great deal of uncertainty and fear about what might happen once we start to “mess around” with our DNA. Bioengineering, also know as synthetic biology, is the key to control and we are making more and more progress everyday. The Human Genome Project is an immense scientific advance, but is society ready for it? The Human Genome Project (HGP) began officially in 1990, it was a 13 year project; initially planned to last 15 years, ran by the U.S Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their project goals were to: 1. Identify all the genes in human DNA, approximately 20,000 – 50,000 2. Determine the sequences of 3 billion chemical base pairs that frame human DNA 3. Make this information available in databases to anyone who had internet access 4. Develop tools for data analysis 5. Transfer the related technologies to private companies and 6. To address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may occur from the project. The HGP has been controversial for many reasons; some scientists were worried how the information would be publicized with other nations, governments were inquisitive as to

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