Applications of Human Behavioral Genetics


  • Gianina (Juganaru) Bajenaru


behavior; personality; aggression; detainees; deprivation of liberty


The article discusses discussions of human genetic editing, found in scientific articles and
institutional statements, and presented at the International Gene Editing Summit in 2015. The analysis
seeks to explain and reflect on the arguments in favor - especially, but also against DNA modification.
Gene editing techniques have benefits such as: infectiology, oncology, hematology, hepatology,
neurology, dermatology, ophthalmology, pneumology, organ transplantation. The immediate directions
for CRISPR genetic editing technology are: disease treatment (anti-Alzheimer's and anti-cancer);
development of transgenic foods; reducing our dependence on hydrocarbons; creation of herbal
medicines and vaccines; destruction of viruses such as HIV, herpes and hepatitis, among other
applications. However, there are also controversies regarding the determination of the risks of this
technology. In these discussions, the interlocutors assume divergent positions, condemning the editing
of the genes, praising or recommending caution in performing the experiments. The article examines
some of the perspectives that CRISPR offers in terms of gene editing.


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