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... systems. Before 1982 the only means of getting insulin was through the extraction of cattle on pig pancreases (Cambell 407). With new technology scientists can manufacture human insulin. The advantage of being able to manufacture insulin is that millions of pigs and cattle do not have to be killed for their insulin, which was usually useless to the diabetic human because they were usually allergenic to the extracted insulin. Manufactured insulin is also cheaper to produce. Another genetically pharmaceutical achievement is the human growth hormone. The hormone is used to prevent human dwarfism and can also induce healing of burns and other cuts. Besides hormones, several proteins are being studied and tested nation wide. Another advancement in medicine, which is, nothing less than astounding is vitro fertilization or the fusion of the sperm cell and the ovum outside the womans body. In vitro fertilization is a useful tool for morphological and biochemical studies of sperm penetration of ova, of polspermy, and other abnormalities of fertilization (Lipken and Rowley 18). These are just a few of many miracles that gene engineering has made possible to save a persons life. Whether you use gene engineering for agricultural use or medical application, you must always realize that you are still altering and changing human nature. Sometimes the change is for the betterment of society such as vitro fertilization, insulin, or finding the cure for a fatal disease, but sometimes science goes to far and has the power to damage society in some of the negative types of genetic engineering. When using or discovering another use for genetic engineering the scientist should think whether their discovery would help the world or just their reputation. Science can either help or destroy our world. We choose which path it will take by realizing our limitations.
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