The Personal Cost of Modern Innovation

People of modern society today owe a lot to the advancements made in the field of science and technology. So many cures that have killed human beings for hundreds of years before are now nonexistent. However, there is a price to pay for innovation that stems from the flaw revealed through humans’ ever increasing need to know more than what they know and it is that they don’t know everything.

People are prone to make mistakes and some facts can be proved fallible. Some mistakes, unfortunately enough, can cost fatally—and there is the personal cost of modern innovation.

Take, for example, the cases with people who have gotten Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma due to exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs were domestically manufactured from 1929 until their manufacture was banned in 1979. Some everyday materials such as electrical equipment, paint, and food packaging, according to the website of the lawyers with Williams Kherkher, have been claimed to have PCBs. There have been sufficient tests – including some done with a Rhesus monkey, which is 93% genetically compatible with human beings – regarding the direct link of PCBs to this type of cancer and due to the lack of proper disposal of the items with this harmful substance, its effects are still being felt today.

Another example is the exposure of people to asbestos. Asbestos used to be widely used for construction purposes due to its durability when whole. However, when it starts to break off and its particles are inhaled, the damage done to a human being could be catastrophic. In this website, there have been claims from people who had been exposed to asbestos some years prior and have since then developed mesothelioma, a rare and fatal kind of cancer.

It can be difficult to suffer these consequences when people live in a day and age where there should be solutions for these problems but there aren’t. The more people find out about the greater universe, the more people figure out how little they actually know.


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