Each of us would like something changed about the way their body looks, their physical resistance and performance, and so on. But is gene editing the right thing to do? It is not a secret that technology allows the appearance of new possibilities in the medical and genetic domains, but how far can we go? Should we intervene and change the way God created us? Some say that we should do this if it could help us lead healthier lives or if it could cure some severe diseases. Still, gene editing may pass these boundaries and reach new realms. It is not a bad thing to want to do something good for humanity, but there is a thin line between doing what it ethic and playing God.
As mentioned before, scientists are looking for new ways of creating efficient medical treatments. Editing human genes is one of these ways, CRISPR being the name of the method that allows researchers to modify the human DNA. The procedure can be done on an adult or on a human embryo, in the last case the changes occurred through gene editing affecting all the cells of the embryo, also being passed on to the following generations born from this future adult. But, the promise of leading healthier lives, being stronger, more resistant, and even smarter, through gene editing, is not too impressive or safe for most Americans. After all, we all learn in school that the DNA is the base of our existence, so how could we easily agree with someone that walks in stating that our DNA could be modified, even for good causes. From the point of view of an average person, this looks more of an experiment, rather than a good will action. We live in a world where the theory of conspiracy is alive now than ever before, so how can we allow anyone to play with our genes.
But how about using gene editing to make sure that your child will be resistant to diseases, having a higher chance to enjoying a healthy life? Well, things are as weary at this chapter as they are when it comes to changing the genes of adults. Probably this lack of trust most of us manifest is due to the fact that we don’t know for sure what these changes will bring. Are they safe? How much will they affect our children? Will our children still be ours, resembling us just like nothing has been done to their genes? If we are to look at the statistics, half of the Americans would use the new technique to have healthier babies, while half of them would rather not. Of course, people that have solid religious beliefs are even more skeptic about this matter than people that have nothing against technology’s advancement.
For most of us, gene editing is still a blurry land on which none too many have walked in present days. The matter still needs to be discussed and all aspects of the issues should be carefully checked. We need to be sure that gene editing will not change the way we are as humans, being used only to make us more resistant and healthy.