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Only God has the right to interfere with our genes.(TM) Do you agree?

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'Only God has the right to interfere with our genes.' Do you agree? Genetic engineering is "the deliberate modification of the characters of an organism by manipulation of genetic material", meaning that genes are manipulated and modified in order to prevent a hereditary disease being passed on. The research into genetic engineering in the UK is controlled by the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority. A group named the Human Genome Project has been set up with the aim of mapping every gene in the human body so that a defective gene can be identified and replaced with a healthy one. There are several diseases which could be helped by genetic engineering; cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, sickle-cell anaemia, Tay-Sachs disease and Huntington's chorea. Cystic fibrosis is where there is a build up of mucus in the lungs which causes breathing problems as well as causing problems with the functions of the pancreas leading to digestion problems. ...read more.

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However, the non-religious arguments against genetic engineering are as follows: there is not enough information about long term consequences, if anything went wrong the effects would be permanent, scientists could potentially create a race of 'perfect humans'. It treats the human body as a commodity similar to a plant. Also, it creates the possibility of people having to be genetically screened before getting life insurance etc. People likely to die young or develop illnesses would lose out. There are different views on genetic engineering throughout the various Churches of Christianity. Liberal Protestants support genetic engineering as long as it is to cure disease and not create 'perfect humans'. They think this because Jesus showed that Christians should try their best to cure disease, also they feel that genetic cures are no different to drug cures. They also accept all non-religious arguments in favour of genetic engineering. ...read more.

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had a disorder which caused him to have brittle bones decided to have a child, this child may or may not have the disorder when she is born. It turned out the child was born with brittle bones and had to endure great hardship from breaking bones whenever she fell over. Some people would feel that it was morally wrong for the father to have a child knowing the risk and hardship the child could encounter. However, the father felt that he should be able to have a child with his partner even though there was a chance the disorder could have been passed on. In conclusion, I disagree with the statement that only God has the right to interfere with our genes because genetic engineering could potentially improve the quality of life for thousands and thousands of people, also, God gave us this power and so we should use it to help the human race. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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