Genetically Engineering Animals: Resurrecting Animals or Harming Humans?


Courtesy of The Guardian. The pig to the left was given jelly fish genes to glow in the dark.

“In the next decades we could be bringing back species from the dead,” stated Maura O’ Connor, genetic scientist and author of Resurrection Science. Scientists believe that we could be the first generation to bring back extinct animals from the dead according to National Geographic.

Through science we may be able to see animals that we could only dream of including the wooly mammoth or a Neanderthal although they aren’t the only animals in danger of genetic engineering. A large variety of mammals and reptiles may be genetically engineered or resurrected reported National Geographic.

Scientists believe that genetic engineering would be beneficial because we can inject animals with helpful traits according to U.S Food and Drug Administration.

For instance, in farm animals it can help with food and drink production. It can also help animals immune systems. Genetic engineering can revolutionize the farming industry with risks reported YG Topics.

One of the many concerns is that they can wipe out existing species that were not around during their time period. Another concern is that scientists will start engineering existing animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and other edible animals and certain companies aren’t comfortable with the idea of selling genetically engineered animals to eat according to

At the University of Illinois in 2003 scientists took cows genes and put them into a female pig so that  they produced milk at a faster rate and gave piglets another gene to make it easier for them to consume milk. The pigs babies were sent to the slaughterhouse and turned into meat, eventually ending up in the supermarket reported

An experiment was conducted with rats where they were fed genetically modified potatoes to create their own insecticide. Some of the side effects were rapid cell growth, “inhibited development of their brains, and partial atrophy of the liver”. Considering that these are the effects of genetically altered food on rats, the effects on humans could be much worse according to The Institute for Responsible Technology.

“Humans have long since possessed the tools for crafting a better world. Where love, compassion, altruism and justice have failed, genetic manipulation will not succeed,” said Gina Maranto in Quest for Perfect.