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Hi my name's Paul, I'm studying A levels in a school in Kent and am aspiring to go to The University of Nottingham to study Plant Bioscience. Enjoy my blogs, they will mainly be about Biology. Contact me at rubiscoactivase@gmail.com

Saturday, 21 April 2012

"Novelty" Genetic Modification

The use of genetic modification for serious reasons is already controversial, so I'm assuming that using such power over genetic material to accomplish small, fairly meaningless goals would be even more frowned upon. Nevertheless, it is my opinion that in around 50 or so years genetic modification would be widely seen as ethical, which opens doors to more novelty uses, ones which have a minor impact on human standard of living. An example could be giving flowers with a stronger scent, or making fruit taste sweeter. So what's your opinions on where genetic modification will be in 50 or so years? Do you think it will then be something that would be considered "normal", thus allowing it to be used for relatively fruitless endeavours? No pun intended.


  1. I think it will be considered ethical as long as people have an open mind about the possibilities. There are always people who want to hold back the potential of science though, so who knows. Nice blog, going to follow.

  2. If current generation die, GM will be "normal" thing. New generation will be taught that in school for understanding GM and prons of it.

  3. Modify ALL the genetics. The real ethical dilemma comes up when talking about humans though. Should we increase their intelligence positive traits etc. if possible? Super Strength?

  4. I think it is already considered ethical in most of the developed countries, isn't it

  5. Quite the blog you have here man! Followed.

    I believe you're absolutely right about GM organisms being created for non-productive reasons in the future. Although I agree with the use of GM crops to produce more food or increase resistance to pest, I think it is unethical and dangerous to create GM organisms to please the public.