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Paul's Tenth Response

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Introduction Plan


Claim: Gene therapy is a good medical benefit plan because it could prevent hereditary illness and disease, eventually eradicate such diseases, and allow individuals that would be born with hereditary diseases lead better, more normal lives.


Audience: Physicians, anti-gene therapy communities, parents of diseased children, said diseased children


Research and Drafting


I will be exploring the benefits and risks of gene therapy, ethical issues, and citing previous research.


List of works for potential use:


Bergeson, Emilie R. "The Ethics of Gene Therapy." NDSU - North Dakota State University. 1997. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~mcclean/plsc431/students/bergeson.htm>.


Bushnelle, E., E. Hertz, D. Hubbard, K. Saylor, and A. Slyker. "Technology of Gene Therapy." Macalester College: Private Liberal Arts College. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://www.macalester.edu/~montgomery/GeneTherapy.htm>.


Twyman, Richard. "Gene Therapy | The Human Genome." In the Genome | The Human Genome. 27 Aug. 2002. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://genome.wellcome.ac.uk/doc_WTD020911.html>.


Weiss, Rick. "Washingtonpost.com: Gene Therapy." The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post. 22 Mar. 1998. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/science/genetherapy/unborn.htm>.


Whara, Chris. "Human Gene Therapy." NDSU - North Dakota State University. 1999. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~mcclean/plsc431/students99/wharam.htm>.



Organizing Paragraphs



  • Lists claim and criteria in an entertaining and "hooky" fashion

Body 1

  • Discussing what gene therapy is
  • How it works
  • Somatic
  • Gametic 

Body 2

  • Exploring first/second criteria
  • Preventing hereditary/inborn disease
  • Eliminating it

Body 3

  • Third criteria
  • Normal, better lives
  • Case Study 

Body 4

  • Risks to gene therapy
  • Case study

Body 5

  • Other arguments
  • Ethical
  • Rich vs Poor
  • "Playing God"
  • Designer Genes

Body 6

  • Breakdown of opposing arguments


  • Restating criteria
  • Restating main points
  • Wrapping it up on a presumably entertaining, yet philosophical note 




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