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Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification - Basic Bioethics (Hardback)
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Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification - Basic Bioethics (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 25/01/2008
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Scholars discuss the genetic modification of embryonic cells from the viewpoints of traditional Jewish and Christian teaching, considering both the possible therapeutic benefits of this technology and moral concerns about its implementation. We are approaching the day when advances in biotechnology will allow parents to "design" a baby with the traits they want. The continuing debate over the possibilities of genetic engineering has been spirited, but so far largely confined to the realms of bioethics and public policy. Design and Destiny approaches the question in religious terms, discussing human germline modification (the genetic modification of the embryonic cells that become the eggs or sperm of a developing organism) from the viewpoints of traditional Christian and Jewish teaching. The contributors, leading religious scholars and writers, call our attention not to technology but to humanity, reflecting upon the meaning and destiny of human life in a technological age. Many of these scholars argue that religious teaching can support human germline modification implemented for therapeutic reasons, although they offer certain moral conditions that must be met. The essays offer a surprising variety of opinions, including a discussion of Judaism's traditional presumption in favor of medicine, an argument that Catholic doctrine could accept germline modification if it is therapeutic for the embryo, an argument implying that "traditional" Christian teaching permits germline modification whether for therapy or enhancement, and a "classical" Protestant view that germline modification should be categorically opposed. Contributors Lisa Sowle Cahill, Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Ronald Cole-Turner, Amy Michelle DeBaets, Celia Deane-Drummond, Elliot Dorff, H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Thomas A. Shannon, James J. Walter

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262033732
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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This book is well worth reading for anyone, especially scholars, interested in medical ethics in general and genetics in particular. It is extremely well-organized, nicely written, thorough, and informative. -Ethics & Medicine
This book is well worth reading for anyone, especially scholars, interested in medical ethics in general and genetics in particular. It is extremely well-organized, nicely written, thorough, and informative. -Ethics & Medicine * Reviews *

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