Amongst the many innovations and developments in the field of genetic engineering, one of the more controversial ones involves the use of genetic engineering in humans. Genetic engineering in humans involves different kinds of procedures ranging from simple genetic testing to the more complex field of stem cell technology.
In fact, nowadays, there is already the mention of designer babies and it won’t be surprising if in the future, there will be the mention of cloned human beings. There are many ethical questions regarding the use of genetic engineering in humans. With all the rapid developments in this field of science, will we, someday, create an organism that we may later on regret?
GMO History Should Keep Us from Making More Mistakes
Many things are supposedly learned from the past. And mistakes from history should teach us lessons which are supposed to keep us from making the same mistakes over and over again. Through the years, there have already been notable failures in terms of genetic engineering.
Failures ranging from the probable effects that genetically modified organisms on the environment to the probable effects that these organisms may have on human health have already started to sprout up. And yet, what has been seen throughout GMO history still continues to be ignored by those in the biotech industry. GM corn has now been pointed out as a cause of organ failure in rats. Will it be just a matter of time before they prove that this is the same in humans as well?
Genetically modified salmon is now being questioned by the FDA since its consumption may pose as a health risk for humans. GM crops in Africa are starting to show signs of failure there as well. How many more mistakes that may be graver in nature should we see before we acknowledge the fact the genetics is something left best for nature to play with?
Do Governments and Corporates Really Adhere to GMO Ethics?
Of all the questionable aspects behind GMO ethics, one would probably say that testing of GMOs and experimental trials regarding their safety have yet to be fully adhered to. The public has yet to hear from these biotechnology companies regarding reliable test methods with regards to GMOs.
As for government agencies, the ethics regarding the way they are supposed to protect the public’s interest is constantly under question. The head of the FDA has been a former officer of biotech giant Monsanto. In addition to that, the surprising approval of the use of genetically engineered bovine growth hormone is also questionable, as this has already been banned in most parts of Europe and Canada.
The main point behind the existence of these government agencies is to protect the interest of the public. While earning at the expense of the public’s future, it is but proper that these biotech companies be truthful in their dealings with the public. Unfortunately, neither of them have stepped up to the plate.