Week6_Biotechnology by beverly okereke

Biotechnology is a controversial subject in its own. It is used for a variety of good reasons, such as the creation of certain drugs or hormones, or even for the cleanup of oil spills and the like. But while there are those who champion the good side of biotechnology, there are also those who despise biotechnology, believing that it only brings harm.  According to the American Heritage Dictionary, biotechnology describes “the use of microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeasts, or biological substances, such as enzymes, to perform specific industrial or manufacturing processes.” People who are against biotechnology believe that it harms living beings and creatures in inhumane ways.

However, this latter view of biotechnology is not entirely new to the field. The great artist Leonardo da Vinci refused to harm any creatures in his own artistic endeavors, and believed in the safety of all living creatures, seeing them all as somewhat equal and deserving of life. He did what he could to save them and set them free from what he believed was man’s own selfish practices. He tried his best to show his disdain for what was then “biotechnology” in more subtle ways.

Even with this idea of using animals, da Vinci himself, according to Vasari in Carol Gigliotti’s article “Leonardo’s choice: the ethics of artists working with genetic technologies”, also used them in his work, both as a young man and an old one. Still pursuing the better treatment of animals, he used them himself for his own reasons.

This seeming contrasting view of animals for one person is a great example for how biotechnology is viewed in today’s society. There are those who support it, those who are against it, and those who simply could care less and would support both sides. However, one may argue that the “manipulation” of animals by human beings is not a new practice in and of itself. It is something that has been done for ages, and cannot be judged today simply because people get offended.

In my personal opinion, I feel that biotechnology is a great resource to finding alternatives that can potentially better our society and health. Sure there may be complications, but such is the nature of science as a whole. There are questions, experiments, and results. Some results may lead to failure and mistakes, while other results may lead to hope and discovery. As long as scientists do not get too carried away with the idea of using organisms for their research, I support them. I, myself am a scientist, and I believe that the best discoveries in science may take a few risks to be found. And while some of these risks may seem a bit over the top, they usually get the job done and lead to more observations and findings for still more discoveries in the future. Biotechnology is the, or at least, part of the future of science. Infusing life and biological processes with technology and machinery in order to improve the status of various aspects of our time seems like a radical and yet interesting topic that I believe deserves further delving into.

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