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Gattaca review (Bio 559)

Submitted by mglater on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 21:15

The film Gattaca is an interesting look into a possible future if genetic testing were to continue advancing to an extreme level. The thought of genetic testing and manipulation reaching the level it has in the movie is both fascinating and terrifying. The movie does a good job of mentioning both the positives and the negatives of this extreme advance. It explains how the ability to easily create a baby of a specific genome would be an extremely useful means of preventing disease. Even at a more realistic level of genetic testing, closer to what may be achievable in upcoming years, the ability to detect extreme genetic abnormalities could lead to saving people from a lot of suffering. This type of screening could eliminate chromosomal abnormalities, as well as smaller problems such as sickle-cell anemia or another disease.