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

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(b) 'Only God has the right to interfere with our genes' This statement is much debated as the development of science increases. The more advanced genetic engineering gets, the more people become aware about how developed it may grow to be. Which brings up the issue highlighted in the above statement, are humans starting to interfere too much with our genes? Should humans be able to clone plants, animals and one day possibly people? Should humans be able cure genetic illnesses? Or is all of this 'playing God' and interfering with God's 'overall plan'? Genetic engineering is "the deliberate modification of the characters of an organism by the manipulation of the genetic material" (Oxford English Dictionary). Basically changing a living organism by altering its genes. Mostly, at this time, genetic engineering is used to research prevention and cures for genetic diseases such as Huntington's disease and cystic fybrosis. ...read more.

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Almost everyone against genetic research is worried about how it may effect our way of life in the future. Some Genetic researchers are already offering the chances to design your baby, for example choosing hair and eye colour, sex etc. They're concerned that genetic engineering may take over the natural way of producing children. Cardinal Basil Hume in The Independent voiced this opinion on 15.3.97. "I do fear for the future however, if the language of bodily human love is gradually replaced by and artificial process, if procreation becomes production and if the individual human being becomes valued as a produce to be ordered rather than a gift to be received." On the other hand, many people are for genetic engineering as it offers the prospect of cures for horrible diseases and that it is stupid to have the opportunity to relieve this suffering and not take it. ...read more.

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Religions, such as Christianity and Islam, are divided on this subject. With some groups agreeing with the statement believing that changing a genetic makeup is meddling in God's work and with others disagreeing because the Qur'an and the Bible both say that you should do as much as possible to end suffering. Also they believe that they are working with God to improve human life and that the knowledge to do so is a gift from God. However they all seem t agree that in the area that cloning and creating a 'perfect person' is wrong because it interferes in God's role of creation. In my opinion, to some extent I agree with the statement in the area of creating a 'perfect person' and cloning people as I think that some things should be left to nature or God. As well as I don't like the idea, that in the future, humans may be created in a non-personal almost 'farming way'. However I disagree with the statement to the extent that I think everything possible should be done to help cure or prevent diseases. ...read more.

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