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Instructions
Write an argumentative essay in which you address the following question:

Should changing the genome of human embryos (human germline gene editing) be allowed?

Additional instructions

The word count is 1000-2000 words (excluding the title and reference list).
You must use at least 3 sources for this assignment. At least 2 have to from the resource folder (you can use all the ones from the folder)
Please provide a title for the essay
Please format your essay using 12 Times New Roman or Arial or Calibri font, and justified or left-aligned.
No subheadings
The main objective of an argumentative essay is to persuade your reader of a specific stance on the topic. There are two ways you can do this. The first one is to choose to argue either for or against. If you choose to do it this way, it may help to imagine that your reader is someone who disagrees with you. Therefore, all of your points will be in support of a specific stance although you may choose to mention opposing points, but only if you want to demonstrate why they should not be considered to be credible.

The second way is to look at both sides of the debate, and only in your conclusion state which one you think is more valid. If you want to do it this way, it is advisable to have one point per paragraph, and give the for and against argument in the same paragraph, placing the one that youre building towards second. Whichever approach you choose, you must make it clear in your introduction already, and you can even flag it in your title. For example, dont make your title should it be allowed rather state your argument clearly.

Regardless of how you approach it, you should aim to have about three points to present in support of your argument. This means that your essay will consist of an introduction paragraph, three support paragraphs, and a conclusion.

The purpose of the argumentative essay is to encourage you to critically reflect on the topic, and to communicate your stance in a clear and persuasive manner. Your tutor will be looking for a balanced point-of-view. This doesnt mean that you cant argue for a specific stance right from the start, but rather that you should try to include nuance in your essay, and not slip into absolute thinking patterns. These would include things like over-exaggeration, generalisations, or using lots of adjectives intended to elicit an emotional response from your reader. You want to try to be as objective as possible and convince your reader with the merit of your points and substantiating evidence, not by playing on their emotions.

You can use the checklist while you are editing your assignment, but it will also be useful before you start writing if you are unsure of what you need to do. If there is anything that is unclear, please consult with your lecturer or tutor.