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I disagree with the statement "Only God has the right to interfere with our genes". We are the keeper of our own body, and it is entire our own responsibility to look after it.

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'Only God has the right to interfere with our genes' Almost all religions teach one common belief, the sanctity of Life. (Life is holy and belongs to God). They believe that only God has the right to create, to change, and to alter the life of a human being. And that anyone else who attempt to do similar things is committing a great sin. Like their attitudes to abortion, to euthanasia and to embryo technology, different people within the same religion have different attitudes towards the right to interfere with human genes. As gene related technology has only been developed recently, there are no direct teachings from holy books referring to it, which caused the different attitudes, as different people approached it through different teachings. Since the birth of the duplicated sheep "Dolly," genetic engineering has attracted attention from all levels of society. It raised questions of religion, ethics, and ecology that are of great concern to many people. ...read more.

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Although the majority who agrees with the statement "only God has the right to interfere with our genes" are religious, there are also a number of non-religious people who held the same opinion. They argue that, as most of the mystery concerning human genes is yet to be uncovered, no one can be certain of whether or not if there is going to be a long-term consequence. Many mistakes had appeared while testing on animals, for example, salmons with growth genes put into them not only grew too big too fast, but also turned green. Genetic engineering also could not be reversed, so if a genetically modified baby went wrong, you could not just kill it. Many also feel that in the future, when genetic engineering is fully developed, people might be made to have genetic tests for insurance, jobs etc, to check if they have genes that are likely to cause illness. ...read more.

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Personally, I think that anything done to make the world better should be approved, and genetic engineering is certainly one of them. Everyday on the streets, we could see people who are affected by genetic diseases, if a cure was found, their lives, and the lives of many people around them would be much easier and happier. Finding genetic cures is no different from finding drug cures; it is done to help, not to destroy. Furthermore, once genetic engineering is fully developed, people who oppose it can still choose not to use it, as some now do with euthanasia and abortion, but if genetic engineering never had a chance to be developed, then even the people who support it would never to able to have it. I disagree with the statement "Only God has the right to interfere with our genes". We are the keeper of our own body, and it is entire our own responsibility to look after it. ...read more.

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