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Pros and Cons of Transgenic Animals

Even though scientists are able to create transgenic animals, whether or not scientists should create transgenic animals is a question to ponder. There are both pros and cons when it comes to transgenic animals.
Pros of transgenic animals include:
  • Transgenic animals can help create new medicines.
  • People with diabetes can benefit from insulin produced by transgenic animals.
  • People with sickle cell anemia can benefit from transgenic animals that contribute to gene therapy.

Cons of transgenic animals include:
  • Is genetically altering the cells of an animal ethical?
  • Scientist don't always know the side effects that could result from modifying genes.
  • Even though humans may benefit from transgenic animals, the animal itself may not benefit.