Recent advances in science and technology have made it possible for geneticists to find out abnormalities in the unborn foetus and take remedial action to rectify some defects which would otherwise prove to be fatal to the child. Though genetic engineering in still at its infancy, scientists can now predict with greater accuracy a genetic disorder. It is not yet an exact science. Since they are not in a position to predict when to change the genetic order of the gene in germs, they are optimistic and are holding out that in the near future they might be successful in achieving this feat. They have however, acquired the ability in manipulating tissue cells. Still, genetic misinformation can sometimes be damaging for it may adversely affect people psychologically. Genetic information may lead to a tendency to brand some people as inferiors. Genetic information can therefore be abused and its application in deciding the sex of the foetus and its subsequent abortion is now hotly debated on ethical lines. But on this issue, geneticists cannot be squarely blamed, through this charge has often been leveled at them. It is mainly detecting disorders, but scientists hope to reduce the costs when technology becomes more advanced in rich countries take the USA, UK and Japan. It remains to be seen if in the future this science will lead to the development of a race of supermen who will be able to obliterate disease from the world.
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