Genetic Engineering is the alteration of genetic
material by intervention in genetic processes. Geneticists,
the scientists that specialize in gene therapy, are working
very diligently to map out the suspected 100,000 to 150,000
genes that make up the human body. They plan to have it
complete by 2005 (Boukhari 1). With this map of the charted
genes Jeff Kunerth, writer for the Orlando Sentinel says,
"It is one of the many scientific advances that literally
will redefine life in
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permanent correction of a diseased
gene in humans so why not continue researching this field
("Designer" 2). Maybe we are underestimating the power that
genetic engineering can have on life!
Boukhari, Sophie; Otchet, Amy. "Unchartered Terrain on Tomorrow's Genetic Map," Unesco Courier, Sept. 1999, p.18, 2p, 1c. Ebsco. Online. 9 Dec. 1999.
"Designer Babies, Anyone?" National Catholic Reporter, 22 Oct. 1999: Vol. 36 Issue 1, p.21, 2p. Ebsco. Online. 8 Dec. 1999.
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