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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, Genetics, and the Future

Religion, Genetics, and the Future

(p.201) 9 Religion, Genetics, and the Future
Design and Destiny

Ronald Cole-Turner

The MIT Press

This chapter investigates the religious case in favor of human germline modification, exploring the moral conditions that are often tied to that approval, and presents a summary of the religious argument in support of human germline modification. The four moral or religious conditions—safety, protection of embryos, a concern for social and economic justice, and support for therapy versus enhancement—are also covered. The chapter shows that these conditions may limit the religious approval, and explains the risks posed by human germline modification.

Keywords:   human germline modification, moral conditions, religious argument, religious conditions, safety, embryos, economic justice, religious approval

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