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Do you think we should continue genetic engineering?

Hi, Genetic engineering is basically altering/modifying the genes of humans or other species like plants.
Of course there are benefits that come with it for example humans can correct defective genes of their fetus or mayble plants can be more yielding and resistant to pests.
However there are also other concerns like humans exploiting it to alter genes of fetus to make them more beautiful , formation of superweeds, maybe poor farmers cannot benefit from the HYVs and are at a disadvantage, and more importantly a question that lingers in my head is, is it wrong to modify the genes that we have innately maybe due to religious or moral reasons.
Lets debate on this questions-should we continue genetic engineering? if yes why, if no why.


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  • Jun 30 2013: You are assuming that we can stop this. I don't believe that you can.
    • Jun 30 2013: i did not mention anything about stopping. Should we continue or not?
      • Jul 1 2013: You are right that you didn't mention that IF we can't, isn't the issue moot?
        The less you try, the more you'll agree.

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