Hi Dr. Buwed! What is genetic engineering, and can it take away a disease?
Genetic engineering is when you can change genes in someone. Like characteristics or something mentally.
With genetic engineering, you can stop a gene disease. According to Global Immunization, “Despite this success, more than 3 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year. Approximately 1.5 million of these deaths are in children less than 5 years old. Of the top 10 causes of death in those less than 5 years old, several are infectious, meaning they can be transmitted from one person to another.” This means that 3 million people die of a disease and of 3 million, 1.5 million people die of a disease that has been transferred from one person to another, or in their genes. Dr. Meta will explain more
Additionally, some people will often die young of a disease like cancer, but with genetic engineering, you can avoid cancer from ever happening to them. 80% of rare diseases come from genes that parents have. That is over half the people! Also, you can change a person if they only are born with one arm. For example, it can be hard if you are only born with one arm or leg, it would be difficult to walk out of bed if you were only born with 1 or no legs. According to “Statistics on Hand and Arm loss”, about 25,000 people are born with 1 arm. This means that twenty-five thousand people can’t play an instrument or put your hair up in a ponytail, or get dressed easily, and etc.
Hi Dr. Guaen! I have a question. So my cousin is having a baby, and she is going to have 2 allergies. Can genetic engineering help that too?
Yes it can help it. I have to go so Dr. Deana can explain.
According to Facts and Statis, Food Allergies, about 30% of people who have allergies are allergic to more than one, that is close to 50% of people, and over the years, it will be. With genetic engineering, it could see the genes and eliminate the one with allergies.
Some might say why are you changing a person when that is who she/he is, however, people just want to do the best for their children. If someone is having a hard time doing something, then you would want to help. For example, if your child was born with no legs or arms, it would be hard for him/her to play games or even get up from a bed. Even if you attach an artificial leg, it is still going to be tough for him/her to move and do everyday things. Additionally, out of 350,000 of people that have amputations, 30% have upper limb loss. Also, a lot of people get bullied because they look different, or act differently than others. There is about With genetic engineering, you can change that. So people should be able to have genetic engineering done to them for a better life.
Thank you so much for teaching me a lot about genetic engineering! One last question, if you had to think of one thing that people thought was bad about genetic engineering?