A catastrophic event is underway. We are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction, a modern and human-made extinction. The megafauna category is defined as large animals in a comparable or larger mass than humans, and the extinction of
Imagine a world where your whole existence and what people viewed you as was entirely based on your genome. Even though, you did not ask to find out things such as your probability to obtain a certain disease in the
Our imperfections and struggles are commonly held to make life more meaningful; but, why would we insist on passing down weaknesses that result in marked disadvantages to others, especially if the power to fix them were just at our fingertips?
The advancement of technology in the field of genetic engineering may soon make it possible to alter DNA so precisely that human traits may be edited with a few simple tweaks to the human genome. One example of this genetic
When your father almost passes away, you start to think of all the what-if questions. What if the doctors made or make a mistake? What if his medication is too strong or not potent enough? What would happen if I
If you were a professional athlete and had the ability to become an all around better athlete and have an increased chance of winning by making a simple change to your DNA, would you? Gene doping, a specific form of
What decisions do we have the authority to make that will have an affect on others? How can we weigh the benefits and the consequences? What happens if we make the wrong decision? These are the types of questions that
I WANT A DEAF CHILD: PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES, CULTURAL ASPECTS, AND HARM OF CHOOSING THE “FLAWED” EMBRYO
When you hear the saying, “like father like son” or, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” you may think, the child is like their parents. But what about when parents want to select a child who is like
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have made a discovery they named “a cure in a Petri dish,” which silences the chromosome that causes Down Syndrome. By inserting a gene called XIST, (which is normally used to silence
A Unique Drive to Genetic Parenthood: The Efficacy and Autonomous Decision Making of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy
We were taught throughout biology that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, but did you know that faulty mitochondrial DNA can lead to diseases that are fatal? To resolve this issue, scientists have created a procedure known as
Imagine a characteristic important to you was taken away. How would you feel? With new scientific innovations, researchers have been able to “correct” certain genetic mutations. In the context of Achondroplasia, patients are able to receive limb-lengthening surgeries that enable
In this paper, the role of the biological imperative when parents make decisions regarding gestational surrogacy is assessed. Cross-border reproductive involving gestational surrogacy circumstances are described, and the varying incentives for this travel are examined with the values of justice,
Everyday we make hundreds and even thousands of decisions. What to eat for breakfast, when to leave for work, and when to stop working and go to sleep. These decisions are usually quick and are lower stakes. However, sometimes we
Do Catholic hospitals have the right to deny treatment or withhold information from patients if the treatment/information goes against the religious and moral beliefs of the hospital? In the United States, Catholic affiliated hospitals care for one in six patients.