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Design and DestinyJewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification$
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Ronald Cole-Turner

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033732

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033732.001.0001

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Religion and the Question of Human Germline Modification

Religion and the Question of Human Germline Modification

(p.1) 1 Religion and the Question of Human Germline Modification
Design and Destiny

Ronald Cole-Turner

The MIT Press

This book draws upon the resources of traditional Judaism and Christianity to reflect on the meaning and destiny of human life, the values and principles that guide human behavior, and the meaning of the use of medicine and technology to maintain health and to enhance condition. It addresses the public conversation about human germline modification, and shows that religious scholars and leaders are generally open to the possibility of a morally acceptable approach to human germline modification. The book also considers the question of how to define human germline modification and what techniques might make it possible. This chapter provides an overview of those that follow.

Keywords:   human germline modification, Judaism, Christianity, medicine, technology, health

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