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"Only god has the right to interfere with our genes"

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03.11.04 Greg Judge 11O4 RE COURSEWORK - PART B 845 WORDS "Only god has the right to interfere with our genes" Genetic engineering is when scientists manipulate the human genome to alter 'bad' genes; these genes are responsible for all types of diseases and conditions from cancer to the acclaimed 'fat' gene which is responsible for the obesity crisis that the modern world is currently facing. This practice has been controversial one because religions and other organizations across the world believe that genetic engineering is playing god as it allows man to create people with any mental and physical characteristics possible. As well as this, scientists would also be able to create food, livestock and even grow human transplant parts on animals that are grown to precise specifications. These could include food that lasts longer and animals that have more meat, all this is possible using genetic engineering and that makes genetic engineering a very controversial topic both in the political and religious communities. ...read more.

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Furthermore, both Christians and Muslims consider genetic engineering as 'playing God which is a great sin' and they also believe that it is both Allah/Gods wish in what a foetus/person has in terms of their genes and characteristics. 03.11.04 Greg Judge 11O4 RE COURSEWORK - PART B However, other Christians and Muslims do disagree with this statement and say that humans can interfere with our genes, not just god. Christians believe this because 'Jesus showed that Christians should do all they can to cure disease'. Although this view is shared by all Christians, some views are shared specifically by 1 or 2 denomination. For example, Roman Catholics believe that genetic engineering is valid as long as it doesn't involve the use of embryos. This is because 'life begins at the moment of conception whether in a womb or a test tube and killing life is wrong'. However, Liberal Protestants support genetic engineering as long as it is conducted only for the cure of diseases and not to manufacture 'designer babies'. ...read more.

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They agree on the 'designer babies' and 'embryo/abortion' side of genetic engineering, however, they do believe that an embryo's aren't alive until they are 14 days old. The Talmud and Tenakh teaches Jews they should do all they can do to cure disease, this view is also similar to the one viewed by Liberal Protestants. In conclusion, both denominations in Christianity and Islam share views similar views on genetic engineering. Some believe that genetic engineering is acceptable as long as it is used only to cure diseases and not to create perfect people (Liberal Protestants and some Muslims), while other Christians and Muslims are against genetic engineering because it is a great sin to play god. My personal opinion is that man does have a right to manipulate its on genome, being an atheist myself god doesn't exist for me. So the statement has no meaning, human beings were created from pure evolution and that evolution aloud us to learn how to manipulate our genes. Furthermore, if god did exist, how come he would allow man to learn how to interfere with his plan? Seems a bit foolish in my opinion. ...read more.

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