Archive for March, 2009

Counter Arguments Against Genetic Modification of Human

Much has been said against genetic modification of humans, but four arguments have been used over and over again in attacking this technology: the uniqueness argument, the freedom argument, the authenticity argument, and the giftedness argument. These assumptions are obvious versions of false genetic determinism, and are therefore unsound. Argument # 1: UniquenessThe uniqueness argument posits that genetic modification of humans violates the uniqueness of the genetically modified person. However…

4 Major Arguments against Genetic Modification of Humans

Aldous Huxley imagined in Brave New World a society where the state manufactures different human classes, each designed to perform specific roles. In Anarchy, State and Utopia, Robert Nozick presents the genetic supermarket wherein becoming a parent is as simple as purchasing a new car: If you want a female, artistically gifted child with the blackest hair, the bluest eyes, and a superior IQ, then you only have to buy the necessary goods and services to create the exact child. Many authors have …

Obama to Reverse Bush Policy on Stem Cell Research

President Barack Obama is overturning yet another policy of the Bush regime. This time, Obama will allow federal taxpayer dollars to finance embryonic stem cell (ESC) research. This is in fulfillment of his campaign promise to push more research to discover better treatments for illnesses ranging from paralysis to diabetes.Like the late actor Christopher Reeve and former first lady Nancy Reagan, Obama supports the call to end restrictions on stem cell research budget. The executive order reverse…

Companies Play the IP Card to Thwart Research on GM Crops and Seeds

A group of university scientists issued a complaint against some biotechnology companies who use intellectual property claims to keep them from conducting research on the effectiveness and environmental effects of their genetically modified crops and seeds. On the one hand, companies are playing the patent card to protect their interests. They are spending fortunes to do research. They are investing a lot of money and time on the trial-and-error tests. They are exhausting significant amounts of …