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            Genetic Engineering, history and future.
             Science is a creature that continues to evolve at a much higher rate than the beings that.
             gave it birth. The transformation time from tree-shrew, to ape, to human far exceeds the time.
             from analytical engine, to calculator, to computer. But science, in the past, has always remained.
             distant. It has allowed for advances in production, transportation, and even entertainment, but.
             never in history will science be able to so deeply affect our lives as genetic engineering will.
             undoubtedly do. With the birth of this new technology, scientific extremists and anti-technologists .
             have risen in arms to block its budding future. Spreading fear by misinterpretation.
             of facts, they promote their hidden agendas in the halls of the United States congress. Genetic.
             engineering is a safe and powerful tool that will yield unprecedented results, specifically in the.
             field of medicine. It will usher in a world where gene defects, bacterial disease, and even aging.
             are a thing of the past. By understanding genetic engineering and its history, discovering its.
             possibilities, and answering the moral and safety questions it brings forth, the blanket of fear.
             covering this remarkable technical miracle can be lifted.
             The first step to understanding genetic engineering, and embracing its possibilities for.
             society, is to obtain a rough knowledge base of its history and method. The basis for altering the.
             evolutionary process is dependant on the understanding of how individuals pass on.
             characteristics to their offspring. Genetics achieved its first foothold on the secrets of nature's.
             evolutionary process when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel developed the first "laws of.
             heredity." Using these laws, scientists studied the characteristics of organisms for most of the.
             next one hundred years following Mendel's discovery. These early studies concluded that each.
             organism has two sets of character determinants, or genes (Stableford 16).

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