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'Only God has the right to interfere with our genes' Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion showing you have considered another point of view. In your own answer you should refer to religious teachings.

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'Only God has the right to interfere with our genes' Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion showing you have considered another point of view. In your own answer you should refer to religious teachings. In this essay I will be explaining, if I agree with the statement "Only God has the right to interfere with our genes". In order to do this I will be referring to atleast one religious teaching and also including my own opinion. Genetic engineering is when you manipulate DNA directly and allow a particular character to be deleted, altered or replaced. By changing your genetic cells, your new characteristics are passed down throughout the next generation. Genetic engineering in most cases, is used when one or both parents have a faulty gene and do not wish to pass it on to their child. Many religions would be concerned about the issues on genetic engineering for a number of reasons and I will be explaining these along with my view on each issue. ...read more.

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In my opinion I think that scientists should not interfere with our genes because it leads to a string of problems such as 'designer babies'. Many religious people would be against the idea of 'designer babies' because that would be like 'creating your own baby' which is wrong and you should not alter Gods creation. In some cases such as when a mother or father or both carry a faulty gene, I think it would be acceptable for the parents to go to a scientist and have this faulty gene removed in order to make sure that the child does not have to suffer and also for the future generations to come. Another issue which I strongly disagree on is the use of genetic engineering on animals. Hindus believe that every living thing is a creation of God and has an Atman (soul). As a Hindu I believe that testing medicines on animals is wrong because if the medicine is made for humans then it should be tested on humans also and the animals should not be made to suffer. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although genetic engineering can lead to a lot of advantages for people, I believe you should only allow the use of genetic engineering in cases which would benefit a persons life, such as removing a faulty gene. However, I do not agree with the use of genetic engineering to create designer babies because this means you are altering Gods creation. I also disagree with cloning becaue I don't think this benefits anyone and also, you never know what problems can occur later on. Overall, I have learnt a lot about the different views on genetic engineering. There are a number of different issues which may concern people such as religious and family issues. Although it would be a great advantage for scientists to discover new medicines and cures in order to aid people. In my opinion I believe that these tests should not be carried out on animals because animals are one of Gods creation and no one should have the right to interfere with or alter this. By Sejal Madlani ...read more.

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