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Gene Therapy Pro vs. Con

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Started: 4/10/2014 Category: Science
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Snowflake01

Pro

Gene Therapy: Is the replacing of a cells none working gene with a working gene

Gene Therapy can enhance human abilities. According to www.newscientist.com children who were born with blindness gained there sight back to do the genetic therapy they were put through. Adding the genes that are working to replace the ones that were not able to work gave them the ability to see.
meghanwuzhere

Con

Although this method has been proven to heal blindness among other hereditary diseases, gene therapy remains to unstable a method to be widely used. We barely know anything about gene therapy, we dont know if its safe we dont know if the effects will last. Instead of fixing the problem theres a very present posibility that gene therapy will only add to or make the problem worse. in one case this did happen. Jesse Gelslinger died because of gene therapy. this person was part of research in which gene therapy was used to cure his disease. however instead of being the miracle gene therapy is promised to be it only made his condition worse. He could of lived, his disease was treatable, but because of this very unreliable method he died. we dont know all the saftey factors of this mehtod, its just to to unreliable.
Debate Round No. 1
Snowflake01

Pro

Although there has been some unsuccessful attempts of this therapy there is also a plentiful amount of the ones who were successful. For example; Max was a child with canavan disease. This disease is very deadly and children you have this disorder are not expected to live past the age of 8. Max had two genetic therapy treatments and his quality of life is so much greater than anyone would"ve expected.
meghanwuzhere

Con

Yes its true that this method has been used to improve the quality of life for some individuals (while still remaining an unstable method) whose to say that this method will continue to be used for its original purpouse? Gene therapy could prove to be a huge money maker and a tool of selfish benifite, and where profit like this present people will always follow the money. why? because humanas anre both greedy and selfish. Gene therapy's purpouse could easily be abused by peopole who have the means and money to use it for things like enhanced preformence, or desiner babies. what happened to steriods, originaly used for strictly medical purpouses but now widely used to enhance performance. Or "medical" marijiuana, now its one of the biggest money makers for our state. you may say that this is a risk of all medical discoveries and that the good out weighs the bad. But because gene therapy has so much potential it could lead to a very shady future. With this procedure we are litteraly able to change our very code and with that much power it will be abused and the consiquiece will be far worse than that of things like steroids.
Debate Round No. 2
Snowflake01

Pro

You say that medical marijuana and steroids are be used and taken advantage of but gene therapy is not necessarily an enhancement in a disadvantaging way. Gene therapy can help cure the disabled. Marijuana cannot so the argument presented does not relate to the topic at hand. It cannot cure blood diseases nor severe diseases. Insurance should cover these therapies depending on what it is for. For example if someone wants to enhance there ability to run faster or jump higher it should not be covered. If someone wants that treatment it should be paid for out of pocket. Although if a child with the disorder of Thalassemia and needs the treatment it should be covered.
meghanwuzhere

Con

The main point was that both of those were originaly used for medical purpouses but they diverged fom that original purpouse. the same thing will happen with gene therapy but the consiquences will be much worse because it has so much potential. and this is how...

Gene Therapy has too much potential. With this procedure we are literally tapping into are very own code we can literally change the human being, we can shape our entire race. Which we shouldn"t because there is a reason why when reproduction happens we don"t know or control the exact genes that contribute to an offspring. If we do change the gene pool or control it through gene therapy we will be putting the very balance of nature in our own hands. Nature is very delicate, which is why a single race does not control, it"s outside of our control. If we controlled our own genes could we keep balance in the world? As it is we are facing overpopulation, the earth is polluted, and other species are going extinct because of our power, do you really think we should have that kind of power to? NO, because we would completely collapse as a species! Let"s just let nature take its natural course and not mess with it.
Debate Round No. 3
Snowflake01

Pro

Although the people are making animal go extinct that is not the reason why gene therapy is good. Gene therapy will save millions it is a therapy that can be contained it doesn't have to outbreak. Scientist can limit the types of gene therapy that are being used. Animals going extinct does not have to do with people getting gene therapy. It is do to the pollution and the growing of human population and extending the area in which they live. Gene therapy isn't causing this over population nor the extinction of animals. Gene therapy can actually save animals. According to sciencedaily.com gene therapy can save your dog or cat that is ill with cancer and might die soon. Scientist have even found possible ways to make genetic identical copies of a certain animal you lost.
meghanwuzhere

Con

Gene therapy is messing with the balance of nature. it will contribute to these things becuase the human population is getting bigger and bigger and going against nature. its too much power for us to handel . And there is another way that gene therapy can hurt people because of its potential power...

With the power obtainable with gene therapy we would most certainly try to create the "perfect race". By changing the genes we can create the "superior" human being, but by doing this countless people will get hurt in the process because we are all so different. Different cultures and looks and ideas. Hitler essentially tried to do the same thing, he modified the gene pool by killing thousands in the process because he thought one race more superior than the race. We all have opposing ideas with no right answer so how can we decide on the perfect race. With gene therapy we will certainly try to do this but it will only hurt people.
Debate Round No. 4
Snowflake01

Pro

Although your argument is true to some standards things such as the holocaust will not always happen. Yes genocide is not right and it is a thing where people are thought to be superior to others. This does not necessarily mean that Gene Therapy will be used in the process of this time. Yes it can be used for the worst and creating races that may be perfect or wiping out populations of animals, but all of this is not necessarily going to happen. Think of what good gene therapy can bring to everyone. The ones who will be saved. The therapy of fixing the gene for deafness and a little boy hears his father for the first time. Saving one family member so the whole family is happy. There are so many up sides to Gene Therapy that it can be one of the greatest things in history because of the miracles it can bring.
meghanwuzhere

Con

yes it can be used to heal people and save people, but again its messing with the balance of nature. Gene therapy is only preventing the inevitable. If one person is saved by gene therapy, then another is hurt because the human population is getting bigger and bigger while the world and its recources stay the same. a person sopmewhere in the world cant afford or dosent have acess to medical care becuase that kind of money is being distributed to richer places with longer living people. because of gene therapy. And gene therapy will try to save everyone. Would you see one person die because another person cheats death with this procedure?

Although a harsh reality it is the reality of the natural world. The progression that is going on are causing maricals, including the work of gene therapy. However as a race we are getting too big for the world. There"s over population and pollution because we are getting to big. We all must die when are time comes or else others less fortunate will suffer. Gene therapy only prolongs the natural order, which is only one of the many ways it hurts others indirectly.

yes we dont know for sure that the situations have stated will happen, but they are almost unavoiadable because of the oppertunity, and power that comes with gene therapy. we as a race can not responsibly hold that power if right now we cant even feed everyone in our world should we really be allowing people to cheat death or have (when it comes down to it) unnecesary procedures. Its too much for us to handle
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