Genetics

Marcus Snyder snyderm at U.Arizona.EDU
Tue Apr 1 16:20:08 EST 1997


Gene therapy can help cure or treat terrible diseases.  Many of the
diseases that can be treated had no treatment before gene therapy.  ADA
(Adosine DeAminase) deficiency is a good example.  The technology still
has drawbacks, mostly with the vectors used.

Genetic engineering also has medical uses.  Human insulin now comes from
bacteria.

These are just a few of the types of benefits that are now available
because of genetic engineering.  The future holds even more promise as
technologies are refined.

There are risks involved as well.

Genetic engineering should be treated like any other new branch of
technology.  The benefits should be developed further and the risks should
be better understood so that they can be avoided.

Marcus Snyder

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