• Hey, Youth Voices Community!

    I am writing a research project on the topic of genetic engineering, and I would really appreciate it if you could take this survey that I am planning to use as evidence in the

    • This survey was great I found it very interesting. I have always been intrigued by the idea of genetic engineering and it really scares me to think about the potential effects it could have on humanity in the next century. There will be many pros and cons but there will also be many variables to which we cannot predict right now. I learned about a certain proven or enzyme which is capable of cutting and inserting different genes into different places. I can’t even imagine the biological improvements we will make in the next couple decades.

    • Very interesting comment, Thaarini. I like the questions you are asking above, and the idea to get other’s thoughts on this issue. I like how you thoroughly describe exactly what genetic engineering is: “the deliberate modification of the characteristics of an organism by manipulating its genetic material for various purposes.” I think this project has great potential, especially because it is a widespread issue. it is important you ask what ages are answering your survey as well because then you could work to inform the population who is not aware of this topic. Is the genetic engineering you are referring to just live organisms, or seeds as well? Overall, very nice idea. I look forward to reading more of your work on this topic in the future.

    • This survey was very thorough. You could’ve had all multiple choice, but you chose to have long answer response as well in order to get more information. Including an age range was also a great idea, because it tells you how prevalent this information is in certain age ranges. You should look into similar surveys and compare your results. I’ll probably come back to see what you’ve done with the stuff you’ve collected.

    • Hi Thaarini! I am interested in genetic engineering sand cannot wait to see what you research further. I suggest you research Crispr, a tool used for genetic modification that is increasing in popularity, but many ethical concerns still exist about it. https://www.broadinstitute.org/what-broad/areas-focus/project-spotlight/questions-and-answers-about-crispr

    • I really liked your survey it made you think about the pros and the cons of genetic engineering. I believe that genetic engineering has a lot of pros and cons. Do you think that GMO pros out weigh the cons? A resource I think that will help with this topic is https://healthresearchfunding.org/pros-cons-genetically-modified-foods/ it talks about the pros and the cons of genetic engineering. I have learned a little about this while taking biology and learning about how genetic engineering can help plants in harsh environments. I look forward to seeing what you find out about genetic engineering.

    • This survey was very interesting concept to do a capstone on, and a topic that has had a lot of talk the past couple years. I liked all the questions you asked in the survey because I feel they spark your mind in a way to make you think about what genetic engineering is. I am excited to see what the results are, and I hope you share them with us. I want to know more pros to genetic engineering is, so I found a link to some more pros and cons to help with your survey. https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/pros-and-cons-of-genetic-engineering.php I am excited to see what else you have to post about!

    • The survey was a great way to collect accurate information on the subject you’re researching. Genetic engineering is a very relevant science today, with a lot of potential. There are many benefits that genetic engineering can provide, but there is also an argument against it involving ethics. I would suggest researching “Crispr” which is a relatively new and revolutionary advancement in genetic engineering. Here is an interesting article explaining what it is: https://www.wired.com/2015/07/crispr-dna-editing-2/. I am excited to read your final work!

  • Thaarini commented on the post, GMO 3 years, 5 months ago

    Hey Manwinder,

    I really agree with what you are saying that GMOs are beneficial to people and should not be feared. I too have been researching a similar topic, genetic engineering, and I have been finding similar fears and issues in getting the technology. Good luck with your writing, can’t wait to see what you have for a final product!


  • Over the course of the researching process, I have learned a lot about my topic of genetic engineering and have been able to formulate a stronger point of view on the subject, as well as lots of knowledge

    • Hi Thaarini,
      I found your topic ,genetic engineering, very interesting, especially because their is so much controversy around it. There are so many possibilities with the power of genetic engineering, but do you think that scientists might abuse genetic engineering in the future. What is your stance on genetic engineering?

    • Thaarini, I really like your topic. I don’t know where I stand with genetic engineering, probably because I don’t know a whole lot about it. I think in some ways it can be helpful, but then I can also see the argument against it. Do you think that the pros will outweigh the cons?

    • This is a subject that you could write about for days, there is endless ways that genetic engineering can impact our world. Another topic that goes along with genetic engineering is gene sequencing. They might have some overlap you can look into.

    • Nice post! Genetic engineering is super interesting. I like how you really got a grip on the subject and how it is being applied in today’s society. I think genetic engineering is going to be the most relevant field in science in the coming years.

    • Hi Thaarini,
      This is a really cool topic, and I can’t wait to hear more about your research and possibly even read your paper too! This is a very relevant topic, especially because the topic of cloning is coming up in many countries and that ties in perfectly with your topic of genetic engineering and its controversies.

    • I think this topic is very interesting, and you did a good job of addressing both the pros and cons of genetic engineering. However, there were a few things I was confused about. When you said, “trying to get rid of animals,…, that carry the diseases.” Do you mean terminating a whole species to cure the disease? If this is the case I think you need to address the ethical and environmental issues that come along with that. Another thing I was confused about was when you said,”controlling animals to learn more about the brain.” Did you mean changing the animals thought process or using animals to test for a cure.

    • This is a really interesting topic because it could cure numerous diseases but this kind of research also has serious implications of what we should do with this technology. It is well written since it talks about the benefits of this research. And how this research is being used to help advance medicine. It also covers the drawbacks and the potential dangers of the new technology.

    • Genetic engineering opens up many doorways a possibility in the scientific realm. While you would be able to kill mosquitoes and stop malaria and the Zika virus, it is easy to forget how fragile our ecosystem is, even just killing one population of animal could have devastating effects. I’m glad you talked about this issue as it it such a polarizing one.

    • HI Thaarini.
      I totally agree with you about all the benefits this science will provide us, all the diseases we can get rid of, and all the people we would save. I recommend you to focus on the negative side of it too: This science can lead to a massive amount of modified soldiers by altering the DNA of those soldiers. some may that it is unethical to modify nature and play to God.

    • I believe making a survey about genetic engineering was a great idea, there are so many people out there with different beliefs. I just have to wonder how consistent the procedure is on humans? Since you have researched about genetic engineering, could you share your opinion based off what you learned? Another thought that I had is could modifying our genes cause another mutation, could the tweek in our natural genes cause another man made disease? Yes, the procedure can help prevent possible defect in an organism, but is it as safe as we think it is? Reading from https://www.livescience.com/50599-gene-editing-human-embryos.html, theprocess of modifying the human genetics seems like a complex process. Although it seems that it takes effect, the scientists worry about the unhealthy mutations it’s caused.
      ”They can also take to agriculture in modifying plants to be more efficient in growing food, being more nutritious, and more environmentally friendly, which are very important concern that scientists are trying to combat for the near future.” I am glad that you have taken into consideration of the cons of GMOs when it comes to food, I believe that it’s good to make food more nutritious. I also think it’s not good to tamper with nature until it causes diseases not only for humans but nature as well. Learning from this article http://nutritionstudies.org/gmo-dangers-facts-you-need-to-know/, I have to worry about whether people can tell if there’s GMOs in there food if some companies don’t know themselves. Some foods might not be labeled and that could be potentially dangerous to some people.
      ”They are also working to engineer animals to test the diseases for their causes or trying to get rid of diseases by getting rid of the animals, such as mosquitos carrying malaria or Zika, that carry the diseases.” I worry that modifying animals would be too far, the tampering of genetics of our food is not something that would be smart. The animals could develope a man made disease that could affect the person who is eating them. I hope to see more of what you think about this topic. I find it very interesting and I hope to see how your research paper turns out as well. I also have to ask, do you want to be a bio-engineer?

  • I intend to research about the knowledge of genetics and cells and the controversies surrounding how they are being utilized. I want to specifically look into cancer and just other ways that this new information

    • Thaarini, this is a very thought provoking idea. Bio tech is a hugely up and coming field, and is attracting more and more eyes as we get closer to achieving true artificial intelligence. One of the coolest possibilities for bio tech IMO is the idea of nano bots. Way way cool. Still a long way down the road, but a really fun thing to think about.

  •             While discussing with my 4th hour Expository class, I learned that one of the favorite pizza places of the local area was one I had never heard of: Georgio’s Pizza. Since there was so much hype about i

  • Look at the world now. Cars zipping past, many hundreds at a time, all chugging down on the gasoline we feed them. Power plants coughing up a concoction of gases that choke the air up to fill our extreme demands.

  • Your post is very open and I support it very strongly. I like your comment about how perverted men won’t be stopped by small bathroom signs so you can’t use that argument to keep transgender people out. But if this is the mindset, how can we work to change this? What can be done to change the way we treat LGBT people? Why are people still treating…[Read more]

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  • Wow, Stephanie, I am amazed on how powerful your writing is! You portray the loneliness and restrictions you feel in your town, but you still have that hopeful tone at the end, which is uplifting and I liked it very much.



    You know that feeling?

    The one that comes on a bone-chilling, dreary day

    As a ray of sunshine lands on your back and warms you from inside out, reminding you  of the summer sun.

    The pleasant one that co

    • I enjoyed this writing, you used great details in the beginning that I could really just slowly read and be taken back to my own childhood.

    • Dear Thaarini,

      I am writing a comment about, your post, “Warm Feelings,” because It made me think about life.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Though it feels like just yesterday.” I think this is crazy truth because sometimes reliving an old memory is like reliving that moment.

      Another sentence that caught my eye was: “Are you aware of this feeling? It has a lovely name too, sounding much like the warm whispers of feeling that it ignites within you. How does the word nostalgia sound?” This stood out for me because it caused me to wonder if we could live life without looking into the past or would life just be a big circle. Constantly repeating the same mistakes, not knowing we made them.

      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. When I lived in my dorms and I stayed in my dorm room, the warm feelings I shared at home with my family was very useful.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I realize that old memories good or bad can still bring a warm feeling.

    • Hi Thaarini,

      I thoroughly enjoyed your poem. Based on this poem, it seems like you are an amazing writer. Your use of imagery was fantastic and I could relate to every line you wrote. I also like the ending of your story where you state the word nostalgia as the feeling you were describing, and I too agree that nostalgia is such a warm sounding word. Thanks for sharing your great poem!

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