The paper attempts to explore the numerous dangers that genetic engineering is likely to pose to the mankind.
Plants, bacteria, animals, viruses, insects and human beings, all are natures creation. Every living species has evolved on the earth through a long process taking millions of years. In natures design, every living being genetically mutates to survive; those who cannot – perish in the long run. However, humans are not satisfied in natures doing but want things in their control to create their own designs. It is argued that several medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, Huntington Disease are due to genetic defects. Genetic understanding and knowledge can certainly prevent such diseases and can make mankind free from terrific life-long medical conditions. However, genetic advances, if go uncontrolled, may also disrupt the life on this planet. The point is that unchecked advances in genetic sciences are likely to create grave dangers for mankind in the years ahead.
While some countries such as Canada, the UK, India and many more have prohibited sex-selection for non-medical reasons, it is not barred in the countries such as the US. As reported in a survey done in 2006, over 58 fertility clinics in the US allowed parents to choose sex of their child. According to Jeffrey Steinberg from the Fertility Institutes, soon it would be possible for the parents to choose not only sex of child but their eye color, hair color and skin color as it has come within the grasp of genetic scientists. In short, the custom-made kids could be available in a decade or so (Jabr 2013). The nature has built-in wisdom in managing the evolutionary process since ages that mankind is out to derail in the hope of achieving something better; however, in all likelihood may result into a big disaster.
It is the uncertainty and the unknown that keeps the charm of the life intact; however, the rapid advances of genetic engineering will