In order to prevent any one individual from holding too much power in terms of genome editing there must be regulations. With so much uncertainty on the effects of genetic editing, both short and long term, it is vital that we do not take the new technology and run with it, but instead proceed with necessary caution. Karen Yeung, Professor of Law, Ethics and Informatics at the University of Birmingham states that, “the Council have recommended genome editing should only be licensed on a case-by-case basis and under strict regulation and monitoring” (Yeung). In other words, genetic editing should not be used on everyone and if it is used, there needs to be significant reasoning for it. Changing appearance or improving physical and mental achievement is not significant reasoning for genetic editing; in actuality using the technology in this way would further divide the world. The Dalai Lama reminds us that, “In my native Tibet, the value of a person rests not on physical appearance, not on intellectual or athletic achievement. But on the basic, innate capacity for compassion in all human beings” (67). The Dalai Lama basically means that genetic editing should be used in ways that benefit humankind, not for selfish reasons. Once genome editing is used to create advantages over one another, it is too powerful. For example, if one country begins using genetic editing to create more powerful soldiers, it is creating an advantage that harms the rest of the world. If there are no regulations on who can use this technology and what it can be used for, there could be profound consequences in society. 

2 thoughts on “BARCLAYS

  1. This Barclay is very well written! Your claim is very strong and it grabbed my attention right away. Your citations are done correctly and you did a good job explaining to the reader what these quotes mean and not leaving us hanging. Your transitions flow very nicely into the rest of the paragraph. You “bookmarks” at the beginning and end line up nicely, that way you”re still sticking with your claim as well.

  2. Good Barclay’s– I am thinking you could have done more to explain the meaning behind the DL quote. Why does he offer this sketch of what happens in Tibet? What are the values of this country? How do they compare? Does DL’s idea of Tibetan values play into his stance on gene-editing ?

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