Brave New World: Genetics in the Modern World
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The birth of Dolly and other technological advances provided the media with daily headline stories. Cloning took on a new meaning, not only for scientists but also for business and the movie industry. The headlines also opened up a Pandora’s Box in terms of ethical issues. The successful “mapping” of the Human Genome will eventually provide us with a detailed guidebook of the human body. What we do with this powerful information raises all kinds of questions. Do we use this information to cure diseases? Do we use this information to “design” our future children? Should this information be made public? Who owns our chromosomes? Will companies hire based on genetic information? These are some of the questions that will attempt to be answered in the near future and will most certainly be discussed in most classrooms in the 21st century.