Pathos, Ethos, And CRISPR-Cas9

Following the successful mapping of the human genome in April of 2003, ideas like gene editing suddenly seemed possible. With the creation of CRISPR-Cas9, genes can be edited to cure and prevent some diseases and disorders. Many in the scientific community claim the technology is so easy to use that even middle schoolers are able to understand and use it.  Take a look at the following video to see how Dr. Neville Sanjana, an assistant professor at New York University, explains CRISPR to five different audiences: a child, a high schooler, a college student, a graduate student, and an expert in the field.

Please review YouTube video for this assignment:

Biologist Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty – CRISPR | WIRED

Now that you have heard information on this topic at a variety of levels, think about the concerns that have been raised about this technology, its implications, and any potential ethical issues involved with this advancement.  After you have thought through these concerns, identify specific instances of pathos and ethos used within the discussion surrounding this topic and identify how these instances change as the audience changes.

In complete sentences, identify these strategies on the attached template  Download attached template.  Then, practice arguing your own position on this topic.  Create just one paragraph that provides your position on the value or concerns CRISPR-Cas9 poses to society.  In this one paragraph, present a position statement and at least one logical reason (logos) to support that position.

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