Genetic engineering rises above our primitive animal instincts

Genetic engineering rises above our primitive animal instincts:  Most human beings are carriers of some crippling disease or deformity, which could affect offspring, depending on whom they choose to mate. Many recessive gene carriers require mating with another with the same recessive gene to produce diseased offspring. Sickle Cell Anemia, for example, is a common recessive disease gene affecting millions. A Sickle Cell gene features the ability to fight off malaria. One person with the recessive gene is protected, but when two carriers mate their offspring form sickle shaped cells, which inhibit blood passage, a characteristic of Sickle Cell Anemia. Sickle Cell Anemia, like other recessive gene diseases, could be eradicated by genetic engineering. What is holding disease eradication back is religious beliefs that genetic engineering is wrong claiming only God should be involved in the procreation. How naïve. How deadly for them and for the rest of us! Instead of correcting what nature imposed on primitive organisms, religious beliefs are allowing nature’s mistakes to deliberately put millions of lives at risk of disease and deformity. Recessive genes provide no positive contribution to humanity. Recessive genes are evolutionary failures; faulty leftover genes that end up contributing to problems like diabetes, macular degeneration, cystic fibrosis, arthritis, and perhaps even Alzheimer’s. The urge to replicate without regard for medical discrimination is nothing more than the primitive animal urge to procreate. Like contraception, genetic engineering is really human intelligence at work solving problems. Instead of nonsense dogma, humans should consider the benefits of genetic engineering a potential bridge to progress rather than a wall of faith blocking out reason. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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