Bio Agenda Programs
These days it seems like were often living in the future with advanced technology that can alter DNA, robotics that are microscopic, and biological dangers that were previously un-thought of. Many of these ideas live more in science fiction than in actual fact. Instead, much of the debate currently surrounding issues like stem cell research, nano technology, and genetically modified food concerns not so much where we are, but where we could be going in the next century. Unfortunately, many of the technologies are untested and still theoretical, but it’s important to maintain a healthy public debate on the topics in order to keep the future safe from dangerous technology, some of which can’t even be seen.
Biotechnology issues are especially problematic, because humans are after all biological organisms and thus can be greatly affected by such technology. While a computer virus can be very troublesome, it nonetheless can’t directly harm the human body. However, biotechnology can harm the human body in the form of weaponized diseases and other more unexpected forms. Biotechnology can also affect other organisms in unexpected ways such as genetically modified foods breeding with non-modified plants. In order to safely venture into the world of biotechnology possible dangers need to be considered in order to prevent any possible crises. Additionally, education is vital to informing people about the complexities of these issues, which often include highly specialized terms and sciences.
Additionally, aside from the physical risks, many biotechnologies carry with them moral and ethical considerations as well. Is it right to alter the DNA of any creature, including human beings? Should humans use their existing tissue for other purposes, including commercial applications? Would advancing technology lead to possible dangers if used by the wrong persons? Such questions are nothing new when it comes to technology. Projects like atomic weapons carried with them the same problems and resulted in years of conflict and many new dangers. However, other technologies like computers have greatly improved the world even though they have carried a few troubles along the way.
Much of the controversy surrounding these issues have much to do with what is yet to be seen, but even as the decisions of biofuels and biotechnology become clearer, new problems will come about as well, so the problem will always be with any technology advancing culture. Nonetheless, by carefully reasoning and making decisions on these primary issues, people will also be advancing their understanding of moral and ethical imperatives as well, which is always a movement towards a better and more advanced future.