Genetically Modified Life

2016-2017 Theme

Genetic modification is the process of altering the genetic makeup of an organism. This can include animals, plants, food, and humans.

As technology continues to evolve, genetic modifications and treatments will become more prevalent in our everyday life. With these changes, many questions will arise. For instance, just because we can, should we? Ethics is all about making personal, cultural, and societal choices. A group of people could have different opinions on an ethical dilemma because of their different backgrounds and values.  One must begin to consider different perspectives and decisions that will impact society as well as close loved ones and future generations.

Our theme of Genetically Modified Life refers to many different aspects of the field of genetics. What is natural? What does it mean to be human? What is a “normal” family dynamic? How do new technologies allow us to break those stereotypes? One must weigh the benefits and the potential harms that could come up through the development of these new technologies.