Genetic ENgineering...

Stephanie 9602330D at
Fri Mar 14 00:14:18 EST 1997

WHAT r the ways which can be used to control misuse of Cloning??
Who should be put in chrge of deciding??

William Bains wrote:
> In article <331DDB77.378F at>, MediaLab User15 <scipk15 at> wrote:
> > Stephanie Quek wrote:
> > >
> > > What do u think of genetic engineering???
> > > Is it moraL or not?? WHY???
> > >
> > > Please reply
> > the ethics of genetici engineering is very complex.  If one allows the
> > possibility of it at all - which I happen to wher do you then draw lines
> > - to what extent can you manipulate the DNA of animals ?  What about
> > humans ?  Is gene therapy in humans OK ? Is there a reason to
> > distinguish between therapeutic and non-therapeutic ends - that is, is
> > it OK to work towards helping provide a therapy for cystic fibrosis and
> > not right to manipulate genes to produce greater linguistic ability or
> > blue eyes ? These and many more questions...
> The ethics of genetic engineering (I think you mean the use of late
> twentieth century technology to generate genetically distinct organisms)
> is very simple: it is the ethics of any other manipulation of organisms.
> Why is 'genentic engineering' any different ethically from what humans
> have done to dogs and cows and wheat over millenia by less sophisticated
> but nevertheless very effective methods? Why is using 'genetic
> engineering' to select for your preferred adult phenotype any different
> from exposing unwanted babies at night, which has been common and accepted
> in some societies since Romulus and Remus? The only answer is that genetic
> engineering actually works, which leads us to the odd conclusion that
> technology only becomes unethical when it works. Lies and fantasy are
> ethical, truth is not. Hmmm, I don't think so.
> --
> William Bains

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