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Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification

Ronald Cole-Turner


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. This book 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, religious scholars and writers, c ... More

Keywords: biotechnology, genetic engineering, bioethics, public policy, human germline modification, embryonic cells, Judaism, medicine, Catholic doctrine, embryo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262033732
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Cole-Turner, editor