Moral and Ethical Issues in Gene Therapy Essay
Genetic research has advanced in a dramatic fashion in the last decade or so, to the point where it has now become possible to attempt therapeutic genetic modification, in a few cases of human genes, where a defects exists which manifests itself in certain serious diseases. This possibility, known as gene therapy, is only in its infancy. At present, no one knows how effective it will prove to be, even in the few conditions on which it is being tried - whether it will only be of relatively limited application, or whether it will open up many wider possibilities. It suffers both over-optimistic claims from some quarters and exaggerated dangers from others, over which the church needs to …show more content…
What is a Human Being?
In a biblical view, the human being is a complex unity, a whole entity more than the sum of such subdivisions as “body, mind and spirit”. In Genesis, men and women are described in three illuminating ways. We are “dust” in the sense of being made of the same stuff as the rest of creation; today we might speak in molecular terms, but the meaning is the same. Yet we are more than dust - we have the breath