Playing God: A Future of Superhumans
Is it within the rights of scientists, and society in general, to wield the power of technology in designing humans?
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Biomedical engineering is utilizing engineering principles and techniques for advancements in medical practice. It combines proficiency in engineering with knowledge of medicine and human biology to develop technologies and techniques for healthcare and patient welfare.
Certain ethical implications arise in regards to human enhancement. Once relegated to the realm of science fiction, biomedical engineering has opened the door to constructing humans with enhanced properties. Whether medical practitioners and biomedical engineers should purposefully make changes to the structure of human DNA remains controversial.
If medicine were to engage in human enhancement, it would move beyond its traditional mission, which is simply to cure and prevent. Human enhancement is morally controversial because it escalates traits beyond the normal boundaries of the human species, generating the potential of creating so-called superhumans.