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Medical Ethics Coursework - Genetic Engineering arguments

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In this essay I intend to give religious and non religious views on genetic engineering, from the religion Islam and Christianity. Genetic engineering is a very recent study into genes and the possibilities of altering genes which in turn could change characteristics, height eye colour and so on. Another very important use genetic engineering has is the possibility of changing the genes so that you wouldn't be a sufferer of many diseases for example cystic fibrosis, cancer and Huntingdon's etc, one of the various ways of changing the genetic makeup of a human being is by using stem cells, these stem cells are like the foundations of the more developed greater cells, stem cells are usually taken from the babies umbilical cord but can also be taken from embryos of developing babies, but would mean the embryo would have to be destroyed after the stem cells were taken. ...read more.

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Although some Muslims may agree with genetic engineering others may be aginst because, the genetic makeup of each individual has been determined by Allah and only Allah can alter that, and by changing genes we are contradicting what he has done. Another reason as to why Muslims are against genetic engineering is because when using stem cell research and not using umbillicial cords but instead using the embryo you are killing a living thing and killing a baby which is like abortion which is a sin in Islam and finally Muslims believe that scientists who are doing research are acting as god, and changing what our creator has made. Christian views for genetic engineering are very similar to those of Islamic views for example in the Quran it says to try and cure diseases and also Jesus was a healer who showed that Christians should do all they can to cure diseases. ...read more.

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They also believe that altering our genetics is playing god which is counted as sin in Christianity. And the final reason as to why Christian would be against genetic engineering is because by changing everyone on earth so that they are perfect we would be trying to create a second heaven and only heaven is perfect and by having another heaven humans would have no intentions to be good and would care for the heaven now but not for the heaven later. Non religious views for genetic are, that it offers cures for incurable diseases. And it allows people to gain new knowledge about the human body and could gain even more understanding about the human and solutions of problems humans have. Non religious views against genetic engineering are that, it is unsure what side effects are and any problems genetic engineering may cause. And that not enough research has taken place for a fairly recent study into genetic engineering. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shaquil Biswas RS Islam Coursework ...read more.

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