Modifications in Genetic Technology

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Technology in the world today is growing at a rapid pace. Although cloning is not very popular now, in time it is believed that scientific developments will overcome the normality of human nature. Tenzin Gyatso, also known as The Dalai Lama and the author of Ethics and the New Genetics, believes genetic technologies are going to start intersecting with life. Genetic technologies have many capabilities but could become unstable when dealing with social and economic implications. Furthermore, the knowledge and responsibilities in today’s generation is far more progressed then imagined. The rate of ethical thinking is at a greater advance than the pace of change itself. “The higher the level of knowledge and power, the greater must be our sense of moral responsibility” (Gyatso 77). New technology we bring forth can alter how we see and understand one another. We lose the ability to understand why someone is the way they are if they were not altered at birth or have different genetics because they were not treated. The human species will evolve into a society of unethical nature when dealing with change. According to Herskowitz, “Even more significant has been the recognition of the fundamental importance of genetic knowledge for the future advancement of numerous other areas of scientific investigation and for the preservation and improvement of the well-being of mankind in general” (Herskowitz V). What Herskowitz states is that genetic knowledge is being acknowledge more and is going to improve society. Actually, not all new technologies will harm society though. New technologies can help by knowing genetic illnesses in advance and curing diseases. Plants, fruits, and vegetables could be cloned or genetically processed to create more food. Plants could be altered to be resistant to diseases and could create an abundance of crops. Gyatso mentions, “In the case
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