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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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The Roman Catholic Magisterium and Genetic Research: An Overview and Evaluation

The Roman Catholic Magisterium and Genetic Research: An Overview and Evaluation

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(p.51) 3 The Roman Catholic Magisterium and Genetic Research: An Overview and Evaluation
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Design and Destiny
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Thomas A. Shannon

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033732.003.0047

This chapter reports the view of the Roman Catholic highest authority, or Magisterium, on genetic research, and also illustrates some other perspectives on the problems and solutions raised by the Magisterium. It shows that the core of the ethics of research and the uses to which science and technology are to be put are rooted in the very nature of the person and of the created order. The centrality of the human in the development of the ethic is the key element in the research ethic proposed by Magisterium. Some general guidelines and the cases of cloning and embryonic stem cell research are also elaborated. Thw chapter suggests that the Magisterium is quite open to genetic research.

Keywords:   Magisterium, ethics of research, science, technology, human, cloning, stem cell research

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