We see a lot of things you can change about yourself physically like your hair, your skin color, your eye color, nails, clothes, lips, etc. Can it go so far to changing DNA? Apparently, yes it can. In the book The Year of the Flood we see how you can genetically change and how research now can actually make it happen.
In Atwood’s book, we see that there are many things that can be changed but one of the major ones is DNA. Throughout the book, DNA changes can be the babies so they can have a “perfect child”, the Crakers, etc. This has now become a reality. You will soon be able to change the DNA in a baby which is called CRISPR. Doctors and scientist’s would use this to eliminate certain diseases and “cure” them before they’re even born. Some diseases are Huntington’s Muscular Dystrophy, sickle-cell anemia, hereditary diseases and can also edit genes in the germ line (sources will be listed below).
Doctors are scared of this going too far and creating a mutant or genetic mutation that can endanger the mother, the baby itself and even the human species. Well, in Margaret Atwood’s novel the did more than enough splices like pigoons, wolvogs, rakunk, etc. Eventually, Crake was able to go so far as to make another species called the Crakers which are supposedly better than humans. This is what doctors in reality are scared of happening so this becomes are very controversial topic.
So changing DNA is actually going to become something very real and very scary. Do you think we should approve of changing DNA or should we just let it go? What could happen if we go through with it?
sources for pictures: https://www.google.ca/search?q=genetic+mutations&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwju74bg9eXSAhUO7mMKHSpqBaIQ_AUIBigB&biw=1280&bih=683#tbm=isch&q=genes+in+the+germline&*&imgrc=DjnvuWPmJzCkVM:&spf=811https://www.google.ca/search
source of book: The year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood, McClelland and Stewart, 2009, Ontario